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ARE WE STARTING TO SEE SOME GREEN SHOOTS?

<strong>JAMES DONALDSON </strong>DRIVERS JONAS, PROPERTY CONSULTANCY<br />&ldquo;In the housing market we&rsquo;re seeing a definite growth in the short term. But whether or not that will last is another question. It&rsquo;s entirely possible it&rsquo;s only a short term recovery. Consumer confidence won&rsquo;t bounce straight back into action until the banks start properly lending.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>BRIAN RANSLEY </strong> COMO, SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR<br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think we&rsquo;re seeing green shoots just yet. I think consumer confidence will pick up in September, but there&rsquo;s still bad news to come. Unemployment will continue to rise. It&rsquo;s too early for this recession to have hit bottom.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>ALAN WATSON </strong> LOGICALIS<br />&ldquo;Yes. Companies are slowly increasing their budgets and increasing orders, and consumers are slowly heading back to the shops. But unemployment will definitely get worse before it gets better, and I don&rsquo;t think we&rsquo;ll ever return to the culture of weath we had before.&rdquo;