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Agents' Summary of Business Conditions

We regularly publish a summary of reports compiled by our twelve regional Agents following discussions with at least 700 businesses across the UK every reporting period. The report provides information on business conditions from firms across all sectors of the economy.

The reports do not represent the Bank's views, or those of any particular firm or region.

Agents' scores 

As well as their reports, our Agents also produce quantitative assessments of economic conditions as seen from their region. These scores provide numerical measures of the intelligence that they gather from month to month, and cover some areas of the economy for which there are no official statistics.

For an overview of the Agents’ national scores, please see the box on page 51 of ‘The Agencies and One Bank’. 

How we use the Agents' intelligence

Our Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee use the intelligence provided by the Agents, alongside information from other sources, to help it understand and assess current economic conditions.

Latest update - 21 June 2017

This publication is a summary of monthly reports compiled by the Bank of England’s Agents between late February 2017 and late May 2017. It generally makes comparisons with activity and prices a year earlier.
  • Moderate underlying growth in activity had continued overall. Annual sales growth in volume terms had continued to slow. Export volume growth had continued to increase, supported by the lower sterling exchange rate and stronger world growth.
  • Investment intentions had strengthened a little further, including investment in technology and to support increased export demand. However, heightened uncertainty remained a drag on some businesses’ willingness to invest.
  • The direct impact of the fall in sterling on cost inflation for manufacturers’ raw materials had eased, but increased costs continued to pass through supply chains into retail prices.



 2017 publication dates


Wednesday 9 August

​Wednesday 20 September

​Wednesday 8 November

​Wednesday 20 December