Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - April 2006

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 18 April 2006
  • Consumer spending growth fell back as retail sales decelerated.
  • Activity and prices rose in the housing market.
  • Domestic manufacturing sales were broadly unchanged; export sales accelerated, and contacts were optimistic about future prospects.
  • Investment intentions were unchanged, implying modest increases in future investment spending.
  • Growth in business services turnover was strong; in response, employment intentions in the business services sector picked up.
  • Overall, there was significantly more slack in the labour market than a year earlier.
  • Capacity pressures remained subdued.
  • There was little sign of widespread pay pressure.
  • Input price inflation rose, reflecting the impact of energy prices.
  • Consumer price inflation picked up a little.

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