The UK's manufacturing output fell by 0.2% month-on-month in April following the previous month's rise of 1.1%.
The report published by the Office for National Statistics showed manufacturing output for February-April was up 0.5% on the preceding three months.
This was an improvement on the 0.3% quarter-on-quarter fall in manufacturing output in the opening three months of this year, but manufacturing output in April fell 0.5% on a year earlier.
The broader industrial production industries, which include mining and quarrying, oil and gas extraction, and electricity, gas and water supply as well as manufacturing output, rose by 0.1% month-on-month in April.
Lee Hopley, of the manufacturers’ organisation EEF, added: “We are still looking at a pick-up in activity across UK manufacturing through the second half of this year.”