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BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Skills shortage biggest risk for business

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today  publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey.

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BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Manufacturing boost fails to lift UK growth

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey.

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BCC: UK showing signs of 'two-tier' growth, as services race ahead of manufacturing

  • The BCC's economic survey for Q2 2015 indicates continued UK economic growth, but highlights sharp differences between manufacturing and services.
  • In services, the results remain broadly positive and signal growth.
  • But in manufacturing, virtually all the key national balances recorded declines.
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BCC Economic Survey: Growth continues, but pace slackens in Q1 2015

  • BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey is the first major economic indicator of the year, and is closely watched by the Bank of England and the Treasury.
  • Manufacturing and services firms reported somewhat weaker Q1 results in most areas (including exports, domestic markets and investment), but this follows very strong findings in Q4 2014.
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BCC: Trade & manufacturing figures

  • Manufacturing output in August 2013 was -1.2% on the month, -0.2% on the year
  • In the three months to August 2013, manufacturing output rose by 1.2% compared with the previous three months
  • The UK deficit on trade in goods and services was £3.3bn in August, compared with a deficit of £3.4bn in July
  • There was a deficit of £9.6bn on goods, partly offset by an surplus of £6.3bn on services
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Manufacturers challenged

Manufacturing output in May 2013: -0.8% on the month, -2.9% on the year
Total industrial production is 0.0% on the month, -2.3% on the year

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