Thursday, April 08, 2010
Looking good for the first quarter
Posted by David Smith at 06:30 PM
Category: Thoughts and responses

Both industrial production and manufacturing showed good increases in February, 1% and 1.3% respectively, and both are showing decent 0.8% rises compared with the previous three months. Perhaps most importantly, both point to a Q1 average significantly above the fourth quarter of 2009. Taken together with the British Chambers of Commerce survey and the service and manufacturing purchasing managers' index numbers, a first-quarter double-dip looks to have been comfortably avoided. More here.

The Bank of England, as expected, did nothing, leaving Bank rate at 0.5%.