British manufacturing grew strongly in September and orders flowed in at an above-average rate, adding to signs the economy has avoided an immediate hit from June’s Brexit vote, an industry survey showed on Thursday.

The Confederation for British Industry’s total order book balance held at -5, well above its long-run average of -15 and as expected in a Reuters poll of economists.

Output expectations for the next three months touched a three-month high, although export order growth eased slightly from August’s two-year high.

A man works on an electrical component on the factory floor of PP Control and Automation near Cannock, Britain, July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A man works on an electrical component on the factory floor of PP Control and Automation near Cannock, Britain, July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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