Bibby Financial Services Business Factors Index

Caution Underpins 2010 Business Trading

Second Index report tracks small business debt factoring volumes and economic opinion across end of 2009. A third of UK businesses are not expecting trading conditions to recover from current levels for at least a year, suggesting firms are taking only tentative steps towards recovery despite expected GDP growth in Q4 of 2009, according to the latest Bibby Financial Services Business Factors Index. The study reveals: Q4 2009 saw the Index average – the measure of output across all of the sectors within the Index – rise 2.5 points higher than the previous quarter, signalling a slight return to growth at the end of 2009. Despite an improved outlook in Q4, business owners remain as reluctant about a recovery over the next six months as they were in Q3 of 2009. Almost half (48%) fe... »