Latest updates and stories from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and its Members

BCC comments on inflation statistics

Commenting on the inflation statistics for March 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Inflation slowed again in March, confirming its downward trajectory. 

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BCC: Economic growth reinforces case for action

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly upgraded its UK growth forecast for 2017 from 1.4% to 1.5%. Its expectations for growth in 2018 and 2019 remain unchanged at 1.3% and 1.5% respectively.

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BCC Economic Forecast: UK growth upgraded for 2017 but to remain flat in the medium-term

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today upgraded its UK GDP growth forecast for 2017 from 1.1% to 1.4%. However, it has downgraded its expectations slightly for 2018 from 1.4% to 1.3%, and published its first forecast for 2019 of 1.5% growth.

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2014 growth to reach seven year high with slowdown to follow

  • BCC upgrades 2014 GDP growth forecast from 3.1% to 3.2% - the highest growth rate since 2007
  • Growth forecast for 2015 upgraded from 2.7% to 2.8%, but remains unchanged for 2016 at 2.5%
  • First increase in official interest rates to 0.75% expected in Q1 2015
  • GDP growth will continue at a strong pace of 0.8% in Q3 2014
  • Exports of goods and services downgraded: from 1.9% to 0.8% for 2014, from 4.2% to 4.1% for 2015
  • John Longworth: “We must ensure the stellar growth in 2014 is not a flash in the pan”
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