UK factory orders climb to four-month high, says CBI

But export orders remain weak in December as British firms struggle to sell goods to weak economies

Britain’s manufacturers have had a decent end to the year, but a tough global economic backdrop is making life difficult for UK exporters, the CBI has said.

Domestic demand helped push order books to a four-month high in December, while car production and plastics manufacturing drove a rise in output over the past three months. Export order books remained weak however, reflecting the extent of the challenge facing UK companies trying to sell their goods to weak economies.

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