LONDON - UK manufacturing achieved its best results in a decade during the first three months of the year, reports the UK Engineering Employers Federation

The export-led increase was distinguished by a notable upturn in demand from Europe. EEF chief economist Steve Radley told the BBC that European markets had picked up, having "previously seemed moribund".

"Our survey shows that manufacturers are making the most of a strong global economy, with exports, investment and employment all expanding," Radley said.

Although the UK domestic market remains subdued, the EEF figures reflect other recent data indicating similar positive patterns of overall demand in manufacturing.