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BCC: Manufacturing helps to stimulate English growth

British manufacturing is helping to propel the British economy out of recession, the British Chambre of Comerce has said. Credit: PA

More signs of economic optimism have emerged as a business group forecast stronger-than-expected growth for this year.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) raised its gross domestic product estimate to 1.3% for the year from its previous 0.9%.

Meanwhile unemployment will fall and government borrowing dip, the BCC said.

Britain's growth prospects have been boosted by increasingly upbeat data in recent weeks, including an official upgrade to growth between April and June from 0.6% to 0.7%.