Manufacturing firms predict sales increase

Small firms manufacturing in England predict a sales increase over the next few months, according to a new study.

A survey of more than 600 companies by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) revealed "cautious optimism", with just over half expected to grow.

Lorraine Holmes of the MAS said: "Around 86 per cent of companies told us that they intend to maintain or increase their workforce, which shows a general stability in these figures."