ONS Index of Production statistics – Barclays’ comment 09 Dec 2014 09:40 “With the prospect of another year of restrained growth, low interest rates and benign input prices globally, manufacturers’ New Year resolutions must surely focus on realising new export markets, investment in R&D and new machinery as we enter 2015. Against a backdrop of sterling appreciation and a shortage of both skilled and unskilled labour, those that have the confidence to invest will be the ultimate winners in this increasingly important market place.” Notes to editors For further information about Barclays Corporate Banking, please visit our website www.barclayscorporate.com About Barclays Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 135,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.