Small business more upbeat

Ben Southwood
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SMALL firms got more confident in the first quarter this year, figures suggested this morning.

Small and medium-sized firms’ confidence in their own prospects climbed from 60.6 last quarter to 64.0 in the first three months of 2013, even further above the 50 level that indicates neutral feeling, BDO said. But firms were still gloomy on the economy as a whole.