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Economic recovery? What the white man van thinks

Central Tonight took a straw poll on the economy today from the people who really know how British business is doing - the white-van man.

It coincided with the launch of a vehicle from one of the country's smallest and newest motor firms.

So we thought we'd ask the small one-man band operations who drive the UK economy if we're still in trouble. Here's our Business Correspondent, Mark Gough.

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Full report on Midlands car sales increase

There's been a big increase in sales of new cars this month across the Midlands, official figures revealed today.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says it shows there's been a rise in confidence among buyers.

The society says the Midlands as a whole has fared better than the rest of the country.

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