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UK Suffering Weak Exports

Britain s manufacturing sector recovery is largely caused by increasing demand at home rather than from abroad as exports continue to be weak.

A report from the manufacturers organisation EEF upgraded its growth forecast for the sector in 2014 to a 3.6% rise in output in 2014. The previous estimate was 2.7%. But firms reported fewer export orders, and are relying on the accelerating domestic economic recovery which the Bank of England predicts will see 3% GDP growth over the year for sales.

The poor export performance was attributed to a combination of limited growth in Europe, a bad start to the year in the US and a strengthening exchange rate.

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