The group’s quarterly industrial trends survey found robust growth in orders over the last three months, with domestic orders rising at their fastest rate since 1988. Jobs in the sector also continued to grow.
Katja Hall, the CBI’s deputy director-general, said: “The recovery in the manufacturing sector is keeping a good pace.
“Industry is performing well as orders and hiring are on the up, and investment intentions for the year ahead are looking healthy across the board.
“It is not all plain sailing however, and there are still risks to the recovery. These include increasing international political instability, and the recent rise in sterling, which could be weighing on exports.
“We need to continue to help manufacturers to export their products to high-growth markets across the globe, to give a healthy and sustainable boost to the UK’s recovery.”
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