- The UK manufacturing purchasing managers' index rose to 53.2 in November, up from October's 27-month low of 51.1, according to IHS Markit.

The market was more expecting a more modest rise to 51.6.

'However, the performance of the sector remained comparatively lacklustre, with the latest PMI reading still among the weakest registered over the past two-and-a-half years,' IHS Markit said. Story provided by