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In a fresh signal that UK plc is sliding towards recession, the IoD's quarterly health-check of its members shows that confidence has slipped to its lowest level since the survey began in 1996.
IoD chief economist Graeme Leach said reports of current trading remained relatively healthy, but that directors were increasingly fearful about the future.
'The sharp fall in overall business optimism is very worrying and points towards a recession,' he said.
Directors' growing alarm chimes with a bleak forecast from the Ernst & Young Item club, which warns today that the UK is 'flirting with recession' and that overstretched o·ver·stretch
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Peter Spencer, the author of Item's quarterly report, predicts that the Bank of England Bank of England, central bank and note-issuing institution of Great Britain. Popularly known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, its main office stands on the street of that name in London. will be forced to cut interest rates by the end of the year to limit fallout from the housing crisis, as unemployment leaps by 400,000. 'It is going to get a great deal worse before it gets better,' he said. Item has pencilled in sickly GDP GDP (guanosine diphosphate): see guanine. growth of just 1.5 per cent for this year, and an even weaker 1 per cent in 2009.
The renewed warnings about the health of the economy came after official figures showed the Treasury ran up a deficit of £24bn in the first three months of the financial year - the biggest since records began in 1946.
Alistair Darling is considering relaxing Gordon Brown's cherished fiscal rules, as the credit crunch Credit Crunch
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midmost of the downturn to balance the books; but City analysts say it could also put further downward pressure on the value of the pound.
'From a purely economic perspective, it shouldn't matter but it's a credibility issue,' said David Bloom, chief currency strategist at HSBC HSBC Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
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