Business confidence at six-year high
BDO Stoy Hayward's 'poll of polls' has put business confidence levels in the UK at their highest since October 1997.
The mid-tier firm conducted a weighted average of all recent economic surveys, which showed that its output index, which indicates GDP growth one quarter ahead, had risen by 0.9 points to 102.8 points, it highest in six years.
The survey also revealed that businesses are increasingly concerned about inflation, putting pressure on an increase in interest rates.
But the Bank of England is unlikely to raise interest rates for a third time in a matter of months, when its monetary committee meets this month.