Index of Production, UK: February 2021

Movements in the volume of production for the UK production industries: manufacturing, mining and quarrying, energy supply, and water and waste management. Figures are seasonally adjusted.

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Dyddiad y datganiad:
13 April 2021

Cyhoeddiad nesaf:
12 May 2021

1. Main points

  • Monthly production increased by 1.0% in February 2021 meaning it was 3.5% below its level in February 2020, the last month of "normal" trading conditions prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • The increase in production was driven by increases of 1.3% in manufacturing, 1.4% in water supply and sewage, and 0.5% in electricity and gas; these were offset partially by a fall in mining and quarrying of 2.1%.

  • The 1.3% rise in manufacturing means it was 4.2% below its level in February 2020; the rise in manufacturing over the month was driven by higher output in 7 of the 13 manufacturing subsectors, the largest being a rise of 9% in manufacturing of computer, electronic and optical products.

  • Production output for the three months to February 2021 fell by 0.1% compared with the three months to November 2020.

  • Production output for the three months to February 2021 fell by 3.3% compared with the three months to February 2020.

  • The coronavirus pandemic had a significant negative impact on production output last year and during February 2021; for further and detailed analysis of the effect on our monthly Index of Production estimate, please see our article Coronavirus and the impact on output in the UK economy, UK: February 2021, published today (13 April 2021).

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2. Index of Production data

Index of Production time series
Dataset DIOP | Released 13 April 2021
Movements in the volume of production for the UK production industries: manufacturing, mining and quarrying, energy supply, and water and waste management. Figures are seasonally adjusted.

Output of the production industries
Dataset | Released 13 April 2021
Index values and growth rates for production, manufacturing and the main industrial groupings in the UK.

Index of Production and industry sectors to four decimal places
Dataset | Released 13 April 2021
Monthly index values for production and the main Index of Production (IoP) sectors in the UK to four decimal places.

Monthly Business Survey turnover in production industries
Dataset | Released 13 April 2021
Monthly Business Survey (MBS) production industries' total turnover, domestic sales and exports in the UK. Figures are in current price and non-seasonally adjusted.

Export proportions for manufacturing industries
Dataset | Released 13 April 2021
Monthly, three-monthly and annual export data for the manufacturing industries, collected by the MBS at industry level in the UK.

All data related to the IoP are available on the Related data page.

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3. Measuring the data

The Index of Production (IoP) uses data from a variety of sources and is calculated by taking turnover and removing the impact of price changes or by using direct volume estimates.

The majority of these data are collected as "turnover values" through the Monthly Business Survey (MBS). In addition, direct volume series are collected by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the International Steel Statistics Bureau (ISSB) for steel industries.

From January 2018, Value Added Tax (VAT) data have also been included across 64 production industries for small and medium-sized businesses. For more information, see VAT turnover data in national accounts: background and methodology.

A comprehensive list of the IoP source data can be found in the Gross domestic product (GDP(O)) source catalogue (XLS, 715KB).

More quality and methodology information on strengths, limitations, appropriate uses, and how the data were created is available in the UK IoP QMI.

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The Office for National Statistics' (ONS') Monthly Business Survey (MBS) is fully online, meaning that business owners can logon from any location and submit their data at an appropriate time. Most other data in the IoP come from the BEIS and therefore will be less impacted than survey data.

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David Beckett
indexofproduction@ons.gov.uk
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