UK December manufacturing PMI at 56.3, says IHS Markit

The UK seasonally adjusted purchasing managers' index for December was 56.3, down from November's 51-month high of 58.2, according to IHS Markit.

"The UK manufacturing sector ended 2017 on a positive note," IHS Markit said.

"Although December saw rates of expansion in output, new orders and employment slow from November’s highs, growth in all three remained solid and well above long-run trends."