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

Trend in retail sales up

  • Retail sales volumes fell 0.7% in October 2013, and were flat in the last three months
  • Over the past year retail sales increased by 1.8%
  • Annual inflation of goods sold in the retail industry was 0.7% in October, well below total CPI inflation

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Manufacturing recovery - still challenges

  • Manufacturing output rose 1.2% between August and September 2013, while total production increased by 0.9%
  • In the three months to September 2013, manufacturing output rose 0.9% over the previous three months, but when compared with a year earlier, there was only a minimal increase (0.1%)
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UK must focus on export support

  • BCC’s Director General, John Longworth, gives keynote speech at business group’s International Trade Conference
  • Vince Cable; Chuka Umunna; Carolyn McCall, CEO, easyJet; David Milner, CEO Tyrrells Crisps; and Lord Bilamoria, Chairman, Cobra Beer confirmed as guest speakers

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