British economic data paints mixed picture
Britain's trade deficit worsened in July from the level in June, but industrial output rebounded, mixed official data showed on Tuesday.
The country's deficit in goods trade with the rest of the world grew to £10.2 billion ($16.4 billion, 12.8 billion euros) in July.
That was up from £9.4 billion in June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.
In a separate data release, the ONS said that British industrial output rose 0.5 percent in July from the level of activity in June, helped by higher energy production.
Over a 12-month period, industrial output climbed by 1.7 percent in July.
"Mixed overall news on the UK economy for July with a slightly larger-than-expected increase in industrial production being countered by a larger-than-expected trade deficit," said IHS Global Insight economist Howard Archer.
The ONS data also showed that manufacturing output -- which excludes mining and quarrying, electricity, gas and water supply -- increased by 0.3 percent in July compared with June. It grew 2.2 percent year-on-year.