The CBI said its monthly growth indicator — based on separate surveys of manufacturers, retailers and services — rose to +33 in May from +19 in April, its highest since May 2014. Services companies showed the most robust growth, with output rising at the fastest pace since early 2006.
“As we move through the second quarter, growth has cranked up several gears and businesses expect that faster pace to continue. This supports our belief that the weaker-than-expected GDP growth in the early months of 2015 will be short-lived,” Rain Newton-Smith, the CBI’s director of economics, said yesterday.
Official figures on Thursday showed Britain’s economy, as a whole, grew just 0.3% between January and March, half the rate in the last three months of 2014 and wrong-footing economists.