Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - January 2007

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 23 January 2007
  • Consumer spending growth picked up, with many retailers seeing strong growth over the Christmas period.
  • Activity in the housing market was relatively robust.
  • Export growth remained strong, with buoyant demand from several parts of the world.
  • Investment intentions rose again, with service companies looking to expand capacity.
  • Domestic manufacturing output improved.
  • Construction output growth was robust.
  • Professional and financial services activity grew strongly, and other business services activity accelerated.
  • Employment intentions were broadly unchanged; skill shortages were most pronounced in professional services.
  • Capacity pressures were little changed.
  • So far, concerns about intensified pay pressure have had only a limited impact on companies’ pay and settlements.
  • Input price inflation fell slightly; most of the impact from past higher energy prices had now been felt.
  • Consumer price inflation edged higher.

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