Northern Ireland

Slight rise in Northern Ireland manufacturing output

Manufacturing output in Northern Ireland rose slightly in the second quarter of this year, increasing by 0.2% compared to the same time in 2012.

The rise was greater on a quarterly basis, up by 1.1% compared to the first three months of 2013.

The manufacturing figures form part of the official Index of Production - the overall index shows little change on either a quarterly or annual basis.

The manufacturing index is still 16% below the peak reached in 2007.

However, it has recovered from a low point in 2009.

There has been good news for manufacturing in recent months with engineering firms Telestack, Terex and Bombardier announcing plans to create more than 500 jobs.

Last week Caterpillar announced it will begin manufacturing a materials handling vehicle at its factories in Northern Ireland.

The new figures show that the best performing part of the manufacturing sector is pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

That sector has been growing strongly since 2009 and output is now at an all time high - although it represents a small overall share of total output.