The Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) quarterly measure of manufacturing showed UK factories saw their strongest export orders in six years in early 2017.
UK manufacturers are enjoying strong growth in demand from customers in the UK and overseas, and continue to ramp up production.- CBI's Chief Economist
According to the CBI report, UK producers enjoyed the biggest increase on record in their competitiveness in non-European Union markets in the three months to April. Domestic orders were buoyant too, rising at their fastest pace in nearly three years.
The CBI confirmed its quarterly survey was conducted before British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her plan for a national election on June 8, 2017.