The U.K. economy shrinks as factory output falls most since 2002.

James Salmon – 10th June 2019.

In figures released this morning factory output was shown to have fallen the most since 2002 causing the U.K. economy to shrink.

Manufacturing Production falls

Manufacturing production was reported this morning as falling 3.9% month on month and is down 0.8% on this time last year.

Industrial Production falls

Industrial production was reported this morning as falling 2.7% month on month and is down 1% on this time last year.

U.K. Economy Shrinks as Factory Output Falls Most Since 2002

U.K. manufacturing output was reported to have fallen the most in almost 17 years in April as the boost from Brexit stockpiling evaporated and car producers went ahead with planned shutdowns.

The 3.9% decline, the most since June 2002, saw the economy as a whole shrink for a second straight month in figures published by the  Office for National Statistics

Vehicle production plunged by almost a quarter.

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.4%, the biggest monthly drop since March 2016, leaving the economy at risk of a sharp slowdown this quarter.

Growth in the latest three months was a weaker-than-forecast 0.3%, down from 0.5% in the first quarter.

Factories benefited in the spring as production boomed and companies stockpiled goods to avoid supply disruptions ahead of the original 29th March Brexit deadline to leave the European Union.

But with Brexit now delayed until October, orders are being scaled back and demand is being met from those stock piles that were built up.

The pound dropped after the figures were published, and was lower at $1.269 &  €1.224 as of 11a.m.

In a yet further blow to the sector, car makers including BMW and Peugeot brought forward planned shutdowns from the summer in case there were Brexit disruptions. Vehicle output slumped 24%, the most since records began in 1995, though economists predict the loss to be partially recovered in May.

There was also weakness in other sectors including pharmaceuticals, metals and chemicals.

The figures shed light on the fragility of the UK economic outlook as Brexit uncertainty continues. The weakening backdrop comes as the Conservative Party prepares to pick a new leader, with the leading candidates to succeed Theresa May insisting that a no-deal Brexit — the scenario businesses fear most — should remain on the table.

Construction and the dominant services industry failed to provide any support in April, and PMI data last week suggest the economy saw little if any improvement in May.

Construction fell 0.4% from March and services were unchanged; total industrial production dropped 2.7%, the most since 2012, as maintenance work hit output of oil and gas.

GDP rose 1.3% from a year earlier in April, down from 1.9% in March. Annualized growth in the latest three months was 1.1%.

The trade deficit narrowed to 12.1 billion pounds ($15.4 billion), as imports and exports plunged following stockpiling by both British and European Union companies in the first quarter.

In volume terms, exports fell 10.9% in April, the most since 2006; imports declined 14.4%, the biggest drop since records began in 1998.

FSB: 45% of small firms expect growth this year

A record low number of small business are expecting to grow over the next 12 months, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), with just 45% saying they are likely to see expansion in the coming year.

The FSB’s quarterly confidence index measure, which is based on a survey of 982 companies, stood at -8.8 in Q2, with this down 22 points on a year ago and marking the fourth consecutive negative reading.

The poll saw 72% of small firms say that the cost of running their business was increasing, with 48% identifying labour costs as the main reason and 34% saying regulation. It was also shown that 42% saw profits dip in Q2.

Mike Cherry, national chairman of the FSB, looks at the climate for SMEs in the Telegraph, pointing to a “regulatory offensive that accompanied the start of the current tax year.” He highlights Making Tax Digital, the requirement for firms to submit quarterly online VAT returns via HMRC-approved software. Mr Cherry urges to next Prime Minister to “remember that giving small businesses the freedom to compete is no game,” adding that it is “key to keeping our economy on track”.

Manufacturing confidence stutters

Figures from BDO show that confidence in manufacturing is at a six-year low, while output growth was at its lowest level in more than two years in May after businesses reversed record stockpiling.

BDO’s Peter Hemington commented: “The manufacturing industry is set to be particularly badly affected over the next few months as it becomes clear that Brexit contingency planning artificially inflated growth at the start of 2019.”

The  bad news for manufacturing and only adds to the evidence that UK plc is under extreme pressure at the moment.

Construction sector slumped in May

Retail sales suffer their worst month in 24 years

Banks reject 70% of small businesses

Begbies Traynor shows UK companies are in significant financial distress

KPMG give Zombie company warning

Are you owed money by a manufacturer?

With pressures on the UK manufacturing it is essential that you stay on top of the credit limits you grant manufacturers and watch carefully for any late payments.

With tightening cash flow they will look for the easiest option  to boost their cash-flow. Don’t let it be you.

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If you have supplied goods and services to businesses on credit and were regularly paid late then you could be due significant sums in late payment compensation.

We are talking to companies and unearthing claims in the hundreds of thousands from former business customers who paid them late. Large business customers who abused their power to inflict unfair and sometimes illegal payment practices.

We are helping companies that were looking to close down, who looked insolvent and finding that cash injection they need to avoid insolvency.


CPA is passionate about late payment

The Credit Protection Association has been protecting smaller firms against poor payment practices for over 100 years.

We are passionate about breaking the late payment culture that holds back the UK economy and threatens many SMEs with cash flow difficulties being the single biggest killer of Britain’s small businesses.

If you were regularly paid late we can help. Those former customers used you to boost their own cashflow, regularly paying you late.

As a result you had extra costs, you had the distraction of having to chase payment, you had opportunity costs because your capital was tied up in their late invoices.

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About CPA

The Credit Protection Association can help!

Formed in 1914, CPA has been providing credit management services to SMEs for over 100 years.

At the Credit Protection Association, we provide first class credit information that can help you avoid being over extended to customers who are at risk. Our monitoring service can flag up warning signs long before the end, giving you the chance to adjust and reduce your exposure. We provide recommended credit limits and credit scores on a traffic light system and can help you set appropriate credit policies for your customers.

We regularly publish lists of the latest insolvencies but by then it is too late. Our credit reports however predict approximately 96% of company insolvencies long before they arrive.

Companies in trouble usually have very bad cash flow and they try to deal with it by delaying payment to their suppliers, increasing your exposure to them.

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As a third party collector, we can also get your payments prioritised over those who are not as hot on collections. When you customer receives a letter from the Credit Protection Association regarding their outstanding account, they are going to want to get that resolved as a priority. Our overdue account recovery service can get your unpaid invoices to the top of their “to do” list and get your invoice paid.

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