The differential cross-section for the inclusive production of ψ(2S) mesons in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV has been measured with the LHCb detector. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 36 pb<sup>-1</sup>. The ψ(2S) mesons are reconstructed in the decay channels ψ(2S)→μ<sup>+</sup>μ<sup>-</sup> and ψ(2S)→J/ψπ<sup>+</sup>π<sup>-</sup>, with the J/ψ meson decaying into two muons. Results are presented both for promptly produced ψ(2S) mesons and for those originating from b-hadron decays. In the kinematic range p<sub>T</sub>(ψ(2S))≤16 GeV/c and 2<y(ψ(2S))≤4. 5 we measure σ<sub>prompt</sub>(ψ(2S)) = 1.44±0.01 (stat)±0.12 (syst)<sub>-0.40</sub><sup>0.20</sup> (pol) μb, σ<sub>b</sub>(ψ(2S))= 0.25±0.01 (stat)±0.02 (syst) μb, where the last uncertainty on the prompt cross-section is due to the unknown ψ(2S) polarization. Recent QCD calculations are found to be in good agreement with our measurements. Combining the present result with the LHCb J/ψ measurements we determine the inclusive branching fraction B(b→ψ(2S)X) =(2.73±0.06 (stat)±0.16(syst)±0.24(BF))×10<sup>-3</sup>, where the last uncertainty is due to the B(b→J/ψX), B(J/ψ→μ<sup>+</sup>μ<sup>-</sup>) and B(ψ(2S)→e<sup>+</sup>e<sup>-</sup>) branching fraction uncertainties.
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