I have been with The Herald since 1995. Since 2003, I have edited a business section which is focused on Scottish and exclusive content, while covering the big national and international stories. I write about companies across all sectors, and take a keen interest in key economic issues.
The survey, published yesterday by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), showed the steepest fall in employment in the sector for 40 months.
Chris Williamson, chief economist at CIPS survey compiler Markit, warned: “The return to contraction of the manufacturing sector is a big surprise and represents a major setback to hopes that the UK economy can return to growth in the first quarter and may avoid a triple-dip recession.”