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Growth holds up but Brexit concerns dent sentiment

Businesses activity continued to grow in the East of England in July although sentiment on future prospects fell to its weakest level for a year as uncertainty over Brexit negotiations takes its toll, according to a key survey of purchasing managers.

The Lloyds Bank East of England PMI rose to 54.6 in July, from 54.5 in June, above the UK average. However the proportion of businesses expecting a higher volume of output in 12 months time fell to 39.3, down from 50.8 in May and 57.2 per cent in March. In July, stronger demand led to higher orders and output and companies continued to hire to keep up with demand. New work continued to rise but at a slower rate and with growth in the services sector offsetting a reduction in manufacturing. Input costs also eased to the weakest level since August 2016.

Steve Elsom, regional director for SME banking in the East of England at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “It’s encouraging to see new orders increase, but at a slightly slower pace due to post-referendum uncertainty. Cost pressures also eased to the weakest in almost a year, giving firms some much needed respite.”

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