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UK manufacturing output grew at the fastest pace for nearly four years in April, according to official figures.
Manufacturing output grew by 2.3% in April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, the biggest monthly rise since July 2012. The wider measure of industrial output increased by 2.0%, also the biggest rise since July 2012.
The Financial Times
Osamu Suzuki is stepping down as chief executive of Suzuki Motor after the company became embroiled in Japan’s fuel economy testing scandal. Following almost four decades running Suzuki Motor, Mr Suzuki, 86, conceded that a one-man band style of leadership was no longer fitting for a company that has grown to be Japan’s fourth-largest carmaker.
Mr Suzuki, who will retain his role of Suzuki chairman, apologised for failing to spot how the company had used fuel testing methods that were not compliant with Japanese rules since 2010.
Loopholes in the vehicle-testing regime across Europe may be leading to a surge in the number of polluting vehicles taking to British roads, the transport minister has admitted. Robert Goodwill warned of a “major weakness” in the vetting system, with each EU state applying different standards of approval for cars. In a letter to the European Commission, he said that the “wide variations” between countries undermined the testing process and potentially allowed cars with high emissions levels to be sold freely across the EU.
The Daily Telegraph
cut nitrogen oxide pollution, after previous Governments encouraged families and businesses to swap their petrol cars for low-carbon alternatives. Howard Cox, the founder of Fair Fuel UK, accused the Treasury of attempting to “fleece” hardworking people by charging them more and added that a scrappage scheme would cut emissions fairly. It follows remarks by Patrick McLoughlin, the Government’s Transport Secretary, suggesting George Osborne could look at increasing diesel taxes or cutting back on schemes that encourage people to buy diesel cars.
The Daily Mail
Men are being charged more for car servicing and repairs than women, research has found.
Contrary to popular belief that garages fleece women because of a lack of mechanical know-how, the complexity of modern cars means both sexes are now at an equal disadvantage – but women have the ‘charm’ to get the cheapest deals from mechanics. In a survey of 100 independent garages carried out by male and female mystery shoppers, average quotes for a minor service on a 2011 Ford Fiesta cost a man £106, compared to an average £94 for a woman – a difference of 13 per cent.