The Office of National Statistics said manufacturing over the same 12-month period fell 0.3 percent. Compared to March 2012, however, manufacturing fell 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis in April.
Economists had expected industrial production to rise 0.1 percent March to April and drop 1 percent on a seasonally adjusted 12-month basis.
Manufacturing was expected to remain flat month to month but climb 0.4 percent April 2011 to April 2012.
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