Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - September 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 17 September 2007
  • Consumption growth slowed further, particularly spending on consumer services.
  • Demand for housing also eased in most regions, as did house price inflation.
  • In contrast, companies maintained healthy investment intentions.
  • Total demand for exports was buoyant overall.
  • Growth in manufacturing was solid, and construction output remained exceptionally strong. However, service sector activity seemed to have passed its peak.
  • Employment intentions eased, largely owing to developments in the consumer service sector, but overall intentions remained elevated and recruitment difficulties continued to rise.
  • Capacity pressures lessened in consumer service industries, but persisted elsewhere.
  • Growth in pay awards remained well contained and that in total labour costs eased slightly, though pointed to stronger earnings growth than official data.
  • While changing little in the month, annual output price inflation outstripped input price inflation so that the process of margin rebuilding by manufacturers continued.
  • Annual consumer price inflation ticked down. Despite the impact of recent floods and rising commodity prices, aggressive discounting by major retailers was restraining final goods price inflation. 

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