Private sector growth robust

Chris Papadopoullos
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THE PRIVATE sector’s impressive recovery shows no sign of catching a European cold as more firms report rising activity in the three months to September and maintain high levels of optimism.

A survey of 817 firms by the Confederation of BritishIindustry found the net per cent of firms (percentage of firms voting yes minus percentage of firms voting no) reporting higher sales over the previous three months rose to 23 per cent to September from 21 per cent in August.