U.K. manufacturing PMI falls on seven-year low in August

The IHS Markit/CIPS U.K. manufacturing PMI fell in August to a seven-year low of 47.4, down from 48 in July. Econommists polled by FactSet expected a 48.3 reading. Any reading under 50 indicates contracting conditions. "The high levels of economic and political uncertainty pervasive across domestic and global markets continued to weigh heavily on the performance of UK manufacturing during August. Output volumes fell as intakes of new work contracted at the fastest pace for over seven years, while business optimism dropped to a series-record low," IHS Markit said.

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