Agents' Summary of Business Conditions - September 2009

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 22 September 2009
  • Consumer spending had grown modestly.
  • The recovery in housing market activity had continued.
  • Investment intentions remained weak, though somewhat less so than at the trough of the recession.
  • The rate of contraction in export volumes had slowed.
  • The extent of de-stocking had continued to moderate and the majority of contacts now judged the de-stocking cycle to be drawing to a close.
  • There was more evidence that manufacturing and service sector output had stabilised. Construction activity had continued to shrink.
  • While some larger firms had made successful rights issues, a significant number of small firms had continued to encounter difficulties in securing bank funding.
  • Employment intentions were less negative than earlier in the year — a growing proportion of contacts judged that the cuts in staffing they had already made would be sufficient so long as demand conditions did not deteriorate.
  • Per capita labour costs remained lower than the same period a year earlier. Annual inflation in materials costs had eased further.
  • Spare capacity had continued to press down on prices of business services and manufactured output — both of which were lower than the same period a year earlier.
  • Consumer goods and services price inflation remained low but positive. Over the past few months, the scope of promotional activity had been scaled back as retailers had cleared excess stocks. 


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