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International comparisons of manufacturing output

Published Thursday, June 18, 2015

Manufacturing: comparisons of manufacturing in the UK and other major economies since 1970.

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International comparisons of manufacturing output are available from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The latest data are for 2013.

In 2013, out of 237 countries in the world, the UK ranked:

• 8th in terms of manufacturing output at ($245 billion).

• 24th in terms of manufacturing output per head ($3,900).

• 113th in terms of manufacturing output as a share of GDP (10%).

UK world rankings for manufacturing output

Since 1970, the UK's rank in terms of total ouptut has fallen slightly, from 4th in 1970 to 8th in 2013.

The UK's rank in terms of manufacturing output per head has fallen from 13th to 24th.

The UK's rank in terms of the proportion of its economy that is attributable to manufacturing has fallen from 18th in the world to 118th.

Commons Briefing papers SN05809

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Economic situation, Industry, Manufacturing industries, World economy

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