London sees strongest output growth in 3.5 years

Good news for a chilly Monday morning – private sector activity in London is on the up. The capital experienced its strongest output growth in three-and-a-half years in August.

New work for London businesses rose at its fastest rate since the Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking London Business Activity– a seasonally-adjusted index that measures the combined output of manufacturing and service sectors – was launched in 1997.

London businesses also reported their fourth consecutive month of growing employment numbers, although the rate of growth was slower than in July.

“London’s private sector has been a driving force behind the wider UK economic recovery this summer,” said Ian Patterson, area director SME Banking in Central London, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

He added: “This trend looks set to continue over the coming months, as levels of new business increased at the fastest pace in the survey’s history.

“As a result, companies took on more staff during August, in order to expand capacity and to handle greater volumes of business activity.”     

The output measure of 61.9 for London businesses in August was up on July’s 61.8, and comfortably ahead of the UK figure of 60.8.

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