This is what the government’s industrial strategy is really all about

Inside Business: With more dreadful figures published today, it seems the much ballyhooed initiative is designed to ensure no more manufacturing so people stop giving ministers a hard time about it 

James Moore
Chief Business Commentator
@JimMooreJourno
Sunday 23 June 2019 11:24
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Car manufacturing in Britain is in the midst of a slump
Car manufacturing in Britain is in the midst of a slump

Britain’s industrial strategy was announced to much government fanfare and even more sceptical commentary some 18 months ago. Today the sceptics are in the ascendant.

This morning sees the release of NatWest’s new UK Automotive PMI report, produced in partnership with IHS Markit, which is behind the closely watched set of economic series covering services, construction and manufacturing in its entirety.

Awful doesn’t even begin to describe the numbers. The figure of 43.5 in May, with 50 representing no change, represents a sharp deterioration when compared to the 48.9 the compilers recorded in April, and indicates that the sector is in the midst of one of the sharpest slowdowns it has experienced in years.

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