Britain’s improved economic growth is gaining traction, as March showed better numbers for the strengthening manufacturing sector and increased industrial output.  These positive numbers come as a surprise to many economists.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the United Kingdom’s manufacturing output rose by just over 1% in March, following an impressive 0.7% increase the month before.  Approximately 7% of the British economy consists of manufacturing.

This growth comes as a welcome indication that the UK economy is improving and that markets are growing.  Economists only forecasted a 0.3% increase for March.  This growth is partially due to an increased demand for UK machinery, equipment and cars overseas.

In addition to manufacturing, Britain’s electricity and gas output jumped by more 2% last month, which also happened to be the coldest March in more than 50 years.

Lee Hopley, a chief economist at the manufacturers’ organisation EEF, sees “"encouraging gains across the board, with almost all sectors posting some growth and ongoing strength in transport and electrical equipment sectors.”

"Taken with the improvement in the PMI (Purchasing Managers' Index) earlier in the month, the data appears to be moving in a more positive direction. However, a smooth recovery path is not assured, as uncertainties in the external demand environment are likely to stay with us in the coming months,” Ms Hopley continues.

The better-than-expected data, according to economists, shows an encouraging step in the right direction for the UK economy.