CBI expects UK economy to beat forecasts

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Publishing its quarterly economic forecast, the CBI said rising exports, resilient consumer spending and greater business investment meant there would be an upward revision of 0.2% on previous predictions.

It also upped its forecast for 2005 to 2.8% from 2.7%.

The CBI is also predicting further increases to the interest rate.

By the end of 2004 it estimates the Bank of England will have increased the rate to 4.5% and it will peak next year at 2005.

CBI chief economist Ian McCafferty said: ‘The economy should grow robustly this year and next as exports benefit from the gathering momentum in the global recovery.’

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