Agents' summary of business conditions - February 2018 update

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 14 February 2018

This publication generally covers intelligence gathered from business contacts between late November 2017 and mid‑January 2018. It generally makes comparisons with activity and prices over the past three months on a year earlier.

  • Growth in activity had held steady at a modest pace. Professional services firms had reported a pickup in growth; goods export volumes had strengthened, construction output growth had continued to slow.
  • Investment intentions had remained positive, but mainly reflected investment to maintain business activity.
  • Recruitment difficulties had remained at an elevated level, and pay growth had picked up.

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