British manufacturing sector shows growth

New figures reveal growth in the manufacturing sector reached a 15-month high in December.

The latest Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index showed a headline reading of 51.4 in December, marking a return to growth for the first time since March and the highest reading since September 2011.

Manufacturers were boosted by increased demand from British firms, which helped output from the sector rise at the fastest pace for 20 months, offsetting an ongoing slump in orders from the crisis-hit eurozone.