PMI manufacturing statistics – Barclays’ comment 01 Mar 2017 10:00 Mike Rigby, Head of Manufacturing at Barclays, comments on today's PMI manufacturing figures. “Two months into 2017 and despite a slowing in the rate of growth in February, manufacturers continue to register strong levels of output, healthy order books and growing trade courtesy of a weak sterling. However, despite the recent surge in exports, the sector continues to rely mostly on domestic demand and with price rises feeding through on the back of growing input costs, even with their recent easing, inflationary pressure continues to hover with intent. It’s how manufacturers now respond, particularly in their investment intentions, that will help determine how long the raised level of optimism in the sector continues.” Notes to editors For further information about Barclays Corporate Banking, please visit our website www.barclayscorporate.com About Barclays Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 120,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.home.barclays .