20 September 2018

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Economy news

Stay up to date with the latest developments in the British economy. Looking at domestic and global economies, our business news helps industries understand important events and build strategies for the future. The CBI's economy news team draws on a wealth of experience, and a vast network of businesses from across the UK. We also provide regular reports and surveys which can be found on the CBI site.

  • Image of Manufacturing output and orders remain robust

    21 August 2018

    Manufacturing output and orders remain robust

    Although output growth in manufacturing has eased, according to our latest Industrial Trends Survey.

  • Image of CBI Scotland seeks member views ahead of Scottish Budget submission

    15 August 2018

    CBI Scotland seeks member views ahead of Scottish Budget submission

    CBI Scotland is currently preparing its 2019-20 submission to be sent to Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay ahead of the Scottish Budget.

  • Image of Holyrood update

    15 August 2018

    Holyrood update

    Latest news on CBI Scotland political engagement through July and August. 

  • Image of UK GDP growth picks up slightly in Q2

    15 August 2018

    UK GDP growth picks up slightly in Q2

    The ONS’ preliminary estimate of UK Q2 GDP showed that growth picked up slightly to 0.4% after a weather-addled Q1. Prior to the release, surveys and official data pointed to firmer economic momentum in Q2, and the outturn was in line with the Bank of England’s forecasts. Partly as a result, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to raise rates by 25 basis points to 0.75% in August. However looking ahead, growth momentum in early Q3 looks to be more mixed.

  • Image of CBI/Pertemps labour market update August 2018

    15 August 2018

    CBI/Pertemps labour market update August 2018

    The ONS’ latest labour market data paints a familiar picture —strong employment growth and falling unemployment.

  • Image of UK economic activity continues to be slow but steady

    2 August 2018

    UK economic activity continues to be slow but steady

    There were a wide variety of economic data released over the last couple of weeks, which painted familiar themes for the UK economy. While the labour market continues to grow strongly, real wage growth remains weak and living standards are still under pressure. Recent CBI surveys indicate some pick up in momentum in the three months to July, but growth remains relatively tepid overall and expectations are for a slight softening in growth in the near-term.

  • Image of Our response to interest rate decision

    2 August 2018

    Our response to interest rate decision

    We responded to the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%.

  • Image of Strong growth for SME manufacturers, but labour & skills shortages bite - CBI

    1 August 2018

    Strong growth for SME manufacturers, but labour & skills shortages bite - CBI

    Read the latest insights from the quarterly SME Trends Survey. 

  • Image of Healthy private sector growth in three months to July

    27 July 2018

    Healthy private sector growth in three months to July

    Growth in the UK’s private sector picked up in the three months to July, according to the latest CBI Growth Indicator. 

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