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TD Securities analysts’ note that the UK’s PMI came in at 53.1 in April as expected, falling 2 points in the shadow of the 29th March Brexit deadline, but remaining in decent expansion territory.

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“Details of the report showed expansion of output and new orders slowing, and export orders declined at their second-fastest pace in 4.5 years, which should come as no surprise as EU firms had likely finished building their pre-Brexit stockpiles.”

“Domestically, stockbuilding still expanded, but at a lesser pace than in previous months. Employment in the sector declined for the third time in the last four months, but at a fairly mild pace.”