The rise in business investment between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 was driven by private sector non-manufacturing which rose by £0.8 billion to £26.1 billion (3.3 per cent). This was due to an increase in other production, up £1.1 billion to £7.0 billion (17.8 per cent). See reference table 1 for more detail.
The £1.1 billion increase in other production was driven by electricity, gas and water, which rose by £0.6 billion to £3.3 billion (21.1 per cent) and mining and quarrying, up £0.4 billion to £2.9 billion (15.2 per cent). See reference table 6 for more detail.
Business investment in private sector manufacturing rose by £0.2 billion to £3.7 billion (5.2 per cent) compared with the previous quarter. This was due to small rises in five out of seven industries. Both the chemicals and man-made fibres and textiles, clothing and footwear industries reported falls into the quarter.
Source: Office for National Statistics
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On 1 January 2011 a change was made to the zero-rating of VAT on qualifying aircraft. This may have contributed to the high level of aircraft imports for 2010 quarter four and the low level of aircraft imports for 2011 quarter one.
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