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Output steady for waste sector as recession takes root

The waste industry is faring better than many other sectors of the economy, according to the latest national industrial output statistics.

The figures released by the Office for National Statistics for the three months to April 2012 showed a 0.7% increase in output for the waste, water and sewage sector on the previous three months. This compared with a fall of 0.1% for the production industries overall.

There was no month-on-month change in output for the waste sector.

Manufacturing recorded a surprise 0.7% fall in output in April from the previous month raising new fears of a longer recession.

The waste and water sector showed a strong 4.6% year-on-year growth in 2011 compared with negative growth of -1.2% in overall production industry output.

One analyst told the FT that only strong energy supply growth caused by the coldest April since 1989 had prevented a “bloodbath” in industrial output.


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