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UK industrial output grew at its quickest rate for six months in March, official figures have indicated.

Output has risen by 0.5% from a month before, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) stated. The narrower measure of manufacturing output rose by 0.4% month-on-month, with figures revised up to 0.5% for manufacturing-laserFebruary.

Pharmaceutical products and preparations, manufacturing and repair, and rubber and plastics boosted manufacturing output. Going by a year-on-year basis, the total production output was predicted to have an increase of 0.7% in March 2015 compared with March 2014.

Two of the four main industrial sectors faced an increase, with manufacturing output being up by 1.1%. However, going on a quarterly basis, total production output was estimated to have risen by 0.1% between the October to December 2014 period and the January to March 2015 quarter.

The largest component of production, manufacturing, was estimated to have increased by 0.1% between these periods, as stated by the ONS. As well as this, a report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said its monthly estimated of UK GDP inferred that output grew by 0.4% in the three month ending in April. This was after the growth of 0.3% in the three months to March.