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Small UK manufacturers swamped with orders

Small UK manufacturers swamped with orders

The UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers have seen the volume of orders at home and abroad grow at the fastest rate in 16 years, according to the latest Confederation of British Industry (CBI) SME Trends Survey. Headcount increased for the third consecutive quarter as firms tried to keep up with demand, and output is expected [...]

May 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
BCC survey suggests worrying outlook for UK economy

BCC survey suggests worrying outlook for UK economy

According to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the recovery remains fragile. The survey, which polled 6,000 firms, found that companies still face cash flow problems and 80% of manufacturers said the cost of raw materials means they are under pressure to lift prices. The manufacturing sector has been [...]

April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More
BoJ Tankan survey reveals fall in business sentiment

BoJ Tankan survey reveals fall in business sentiment

The Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed business confidence has dipped - hit by a strong yen and slowing exports. The influential Tankan index revealed business confidence among major manufacturers fell for the first time in almost two years. The Tankan figures are closely monitored by the BoJ when deciding [...]

December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments More
BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment at two-year high

BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment at two-year high

The Bank of Japan’s closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed a significant improvement in business confidence in Japan. The Tankan index revealed business confidence among major manufacturers had picked up for the fifth consecutive quarter, rising one point in June from -14 in March. The Tankan, which surveys 10,000 firms, measures the percentage of [...]

July 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment up in Japan

BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment up in Japan

The Bank of Japan’s closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed an improvement in business confidence in Japan. The Tankan index revealed business confidence among major manufacturers had picked up for the fourth consecutive quarter, rising to -14 in March from -25 in December and significantly higher than the record low of -58 seen this [...]

April 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
UK manufacturers warn recovery will be slow

UK manufacturers warn recovery will be slow

Industry body, the EEF, has warned that UK manufacturers believe it will be 2011 before the industry returns to pre-recession levels. It was recently announced that manufacturing output remained flat for a second consecutive month in November. On an annual basis, manufacturing output declined by 5.4%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The [...]

January 14, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Scottish textiles mill enters administration

Scottish textiles mill enters administration

Borders-based JJ&HB Cashmere Mills, which employs 176 people, has been put into administration. The Italian-owned firm, based in Innerleithen in the Borders, is one of Scotland’s oldest cashmere manufacturers and also has operations in Coatbridge and Galashiels. However, there are hopes that a buyer can be found after joint administrator, James Stephen of BDO LLP, [...]

January 8, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Japanese manufacturers pessimistic but machinery orders rise

Japanese manufacturers pessimistic but machinery orders rise

Figures show that Japanese core machinery orders (a highly volatile series seen as an indicator of corporate spending) rose 9.7% in June compared with the previous month. The rise represents the biggest gain in four months and was more than treble the 2.9% analysts had forecast. However, despite the positive data, a survey of manufacturers [...]

August 10, 2009 | 0 Comments More
BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment up in Japan

BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment up in Japan

The Bank of Japan’s closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed an improvement in business confidence in Japan Today’s figures will add to the belief that the worst is over for the world’s second largest economy. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that industrial production was up 5.9% in May [...]

July 1, 2009 | 0 Comments More
South Korea’s trade surplus hits record high

South Korea’s trade surplus hits record high

May 1, 2009 | 0 Comments More
French manufacturers and business confidence increases in April

French manufacturers and business confidence increases in April

In April, business morale in France increased following record lows in previous months and this has increased the speculation that the worst of the recession is seemingly over. The French national statistics office announced today that its business confidence index increased to 71 points in April, three points higher than in March and two points [...]

April 23, 2009 | 0 Comments More
US durable goods up 3.4 percent

US durable goods up 3.4 percent

Last month saw an unexpected rise in the number of orders for US durable goods having rebounded by 3.4 percent following an increase in demand for machinery and defence goods, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday. After six consecutive declines, February’s increase is the sharpest since August 2005 and is well above the 1.2 percent decline [...]

March 27, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Japan corporate bankruptcies up 16% on year

Japan corporate bankruptcies up 16% on year

New analysis from Tokyo Shoko Research has revealed a 15.8% rise in corporate bankruptcies in Japan, compared with the previous year. For the year to 31 March, the number of bankruptcies among listed companies in Japan hit a record high for any financial year since the Second World War, according to Tokyo Shoko Research. The [...]

February 9, 2009 | 0 Comments More
UK manufacturers’ orders slump further

UK manufacturers’ orders slump further

January 22, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Home wind turbine claims adrift

Home wind turbine claims adrift

Property owners hoping to reduce running costs by erecting a home wind turbine should take a look at the latest research on the subject. A report by Encraft, the engineering consultant that specialises in low carbon buildings, has revealed that most installations perform well below the levels promised by manufacturers. The least effective turbines provided [...]

January 15, 2009 | 0 Comments More