Research carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) shows that the country's firms are reporting healthy order books, while expectations output growth is above the long-term average.
Overall, 510 manufacturers responded to the CBI’s August monthly Industrial Trends Survey, with 29 per cent of companies describing total orders as above normal, resulting in a rounded balance of +1 per cent, which is well above the -10 per cent registered last month.
Richard Woolhouse, CBI head of fiscal policy, pointed out that expectations for growth in factory output over the coming quarter have picked up, with 31 per cent of firms now predicting that production will rise in the next three months.
"Inflationary pressures have eased since the start of the year, with fewer firms predicting they will have to raise prices at the factory gate over the coming quarter," he added.
A recent survey by the CBI also showed that the nation's manufacturers are increasing their headcount again as they continue recovering from the effects of the economic downturn.
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Posted by Nikki Barrister
Source: The Sales Engineer News