It's an odd kind of recovery

Just lately I find myself in a bit of a quandary. It’s nothing serious. It’s just that I can’t figure out if the economy is improving or not. I know that sounds strange with all the headline national statistics being so upbeat. After all, unemployment, economic growth and business confidence are all going in the right respective directions. So we should be feeling the benefit right around now, shouldn’t we? A recent survey by Swansea Bay Business Club showed optimism among its members is continuing to improve. Their Business Barometer provides a valuable indicator but, as I’m sure they acknowledge, their membership is predominantly in the service sector. Recent conversations I’ve had with fi

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