Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - December 2005

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.
Published on 19 December 2005
  • Growth in the value of consumer spending may have picked up a little, but the underlying picture remained subdued.
  • Activity continued to edge up in the housing market; prices were flat.
  • Growth in exports continued. Imports also rose, despite weaker imports of consumer goods.
  • Investment intentions eased slightly.
  • The level of domestic manufacturing sales may have stabilised.
  • Construction output growth remained lower than a year ago.
  • Business services growth was robust; there was a small rise in consumer services growth.
  • The labour market softened again.
  • Capacity pressures eased.
  • There was little sign of any upward pressure on pay.
  • Overall, input price inflation eased back. But wholesale gas prices increased markedly.
  • Consumer price inflation edged lower.

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