With the euro in the doldrums, you might expect exports to be very weak, but the latest report from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales reports that exports are up 4.1 per cent from a year ago and 3.3 per cent from last quarter.
Export growth has considerably outstripped home consumer demand, the report says, but domestic sales are expected to grow as are export sales.
The survey reports that recruitment is expected to increase although capital investment is expected to slow. In general, confidence is considerably up in all sectors except property, utilities and construction.
If you are considering exporting, there are a number of factors to consider, such as commercial risk and currency risk.