The Bank of England has recently published its Agents’ summary of business conditions for April 2015 highlighting key trends garnered from companies across all sectors of the economy.
Items of note include:
- transaction volumes in the housing market have shown modest growth YTD, but remain lower than the same period last year;
- credit availability has increased slightly, evidenced by lower corporate loan rates and greater availability of mezzanine finance; and
- results from a survey of companies’ corporate pricing showed in 84% of firms, prices had remained stable or increased slightly over the past year, although four out of ten respondents stated their profit margins were ‘below normal’ during the same period.
Further details can be found here.