Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Optimistic observations...

  1. Unemployment has fallen for the 5th successive month. 
  2. Industrial output rose by 2.9% in June - fastest rise for 25 years. 
  3. Manufacturing output rose by 3.3% in June - fastest rise for 10 years. 
  4. Business start-ups in 2011 were the highest for decades: 471,466 new private sector businesses started last year. 
  5. UK Exports reached £39.2 billion in June (close to all-time record levels; the record level being set in November 2011) Key markets: China up 74% in the past year; India up 94%; Russia up over 100%. There's more, ten in fact, from Lord Bates [Conservative Home] who also reminds us that "Sir John Major gave an excellent interview on the Andrew Marr programme yesterday" [Link]. Now, all the points have a flip-side but things do seem to be improving.


Paul said...

Things are improving, the problem is that it takes so long for the markets to realise this and they dictate so much of what is wrong in the U.K. I have clients right across the A-Z of businesses that are experiencing their best years ever and we are again seeing an increase in start-ups. That said there are various commercial reasons for new start-ups which have nothing to do with a general improvement in the economy but a lot of people are now trying to work for themselves.

Span Ows said...

Agreed, some things are obviously poor but there are good signs everywhere.