Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - March 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 20 March 2006
  • Consumer spending growth fell back following the pickup over Christmas and the New Year.
  • Housing market activity grew steadily.
  • Domestic manufacturing sales were broadly unchanged; export sales rose.
  • Investment intentions eased a little; overall companies expected modest increases in investment spending.
  • Construction output growth was steady.
  • Business services growth remained strong.
  • There was little change in employment or intentions, and recruitment difficulties were generally low.
  • Capacity pressures were subdued.
  • So far, there has been little sign of increased wage pressure from the ongoing pay round.
  • Rising energy costs boosted input price inflation; output price inflation also picked up.
  • Consumer price inflation was broadly unchanged.

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