British manufacturing grew much more strongly than expected in June, suggesting the country's recovery is broadening just as the Bank of England prepares to set out its plan for steering the economy back to health.
Car sales also rose, house prices continued to climb and British retailers had their best month since 2006.
Along with yesterday's purchasing managers index showing the services sector growing at its fastest in more than six years, it all confirmed a rebound that was unheralded just a few months ago.
There are some concerns, however, that much of it is being driven by easily lending and increased debt.
UK manufacturing rose by 1.9% in monthly terms, stronger than even the highest forecast in a Reuters poll and its fastest growth since July of last year.
All 13 components of the manufacturing index showed growth for the first time since June 1992, the Office for National Statistics said.
Output in the industrial sector overall - which makes up about one sixth of Britain's economy - climbed 1.1% from May, well above forecasts for a 0.6% rise and also its strongest monthly pace since July 2012.
Other data today showed UK house prices rose in July at their fastest annual pace in nearly three years and retail sales were 3.9% higher than a year earlier. UK car sales, meanwhile, grew at an annual 12.7% for the month, prompting the trade industry group SMMT to increase its forecast for the year.
After two years of stagnation, Britain's economy has shown signs of recovery but nonetheless the Bank of England is expected to try to persuade markets, companies and households that interest rates are unlikely to rise soon.
Analysts said the signs of recovery might actually provide more encouragement to new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to give ''forward guidance'' about future interest rates in order to prevent a rise in yields from smothering Britain's still weak economy.
Britain's economic recovery so far has relied largely on higher consumer spending, itself helped along by easy finance. Economists said the manufacturing data offered hope that the recovery was building a more solid foundation.
The ONS said on an annual basis, industrial output was up 1.2%, compared to forecasts for a 0.7% rise, its fastest yearly increase since January 2011. The biggest contributor to the monthly rise in manufacturing was transport equipment, reflecting strong growth in the car sector which has benefited from higher exports.