Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - October 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 17 October 2006
  • Consumer spending growth was steady.
  • The housing market recovery continued. Supply rose to match demand and house price inflation stabilised.
  • Export growth continued to strengthen modestly.
  • Investment intentions rose a little further.
  • Manufacturing production growth increased, with a marked pickup evident in domestic demand.
  • Construction output growth also ticked up.
  • Service sector output growth was steady.
  • Employment intentions rose and skill shortages intensified.
  • Capacity pressures rose slightly.
  • Pay pressures were generally little changed, but were expected to grow next year.
  • Input price inflation eased back, reflecting lower prices of oil and some metals.
  • Manufacturing output price inflation was steady. Consumer price inflation eased slightly.

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