25 AUG 2016: NEWS Manufacturing Industry bolstered by exports - latest CBI survey The UK's manufacturing output grew while total orders remained solid, according to the latest CBI monthly Industrial Trends Survey. The latest survey of 505 companies found that export order books reached a two-year high, suggesting that the depreciation of sterling since the end of last year may be feeding through to stronger overseas demand. Manufacturers in the chemical sector accounted for just over half the improvement in export orders with less than one-third of the 17 manufacturing sub-sectors reporting export orders at below normal levels. Despite the improvement in exports, total order books mainly stayed unchanged, yet remained comfortably above the long–run average. Output growth remained at a healthy pace.