Agents' summary of business conditions - 2018 Q1

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 28 March 2018

This publication includes a summary of economic reports compiled by the Bank of England’s Agents between late December 2017 and late February 2018. It generally makes comparisons with activity and prices a year earlier.

This publication also includes a summary of information gathered by the Bank’s recently established Decision Maker Panel Survey.

  • Robust growth in goods exports had tightened capacity and, together with improving profit margins, strengthened investment intentions in manufacturing slightly.
  • Recruitment difficulties remained a primary concern, though the impact on pay growth had been limited.
  • Some evidence of financial distress in retail and leisure, reflecting weak consumer spending growth.

PDFAgents’ summary of business conditions and results from the Decision Maker Panel - 2018 Q1

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