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This jump in manufacturing output, which was well ahead of the City's forecast of a 0.9% rise, followed a 0.7% fall in May and a 0.2% dip in April. It meant that manufacturing output in the second quarter was up 0.7% on the opening three months of 2013.
The seasonally-adjusted figures, published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics, continue a run of firmer economic data in recent weeks.
"I am a small shareholder, like many other fans. I am only exercising my right as a small shareholder. It is only because of my position in the business community that I am in the front line here.
"It is not because I am a Billy Big Bollocks with a big cheque. This club has suffered for a long time by being the plaything or the ego trip for people with a big cheque. We need to move away from that.
The engineering tycoon has admitted he has no plans to buy the League One club despite former chief executive Mr Green's ultimatum.
Mr Green, who returned as a consultant last week, was back in the Ibrox directors' box last night for the club's friendly match against Newcastle United, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Mr McColl and former director Paul Murray have mounted a bid to oust the club's new chief executive Craig Mather and two others by forcing an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).
The figures, published today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), show the positive impact of warm weather on sales.
The BRC also highlights a boost to consumer sentiment in July from Andy Murray's victory at Wimbledon, and Chris Froome's success in the Tour de France.
It also cites the success of the British and Irish Lions in Australia, and the start of the Ashes cricket series as other factors which helped boost sales in July.