Quickest expansion of business activity since April 2011

South West private sector firms signalled the fastest expansion in business activity since April 2011 in June. New business rose for the third month in a row, and at a solid pace. Staffing levels expanded at the quickest rate since February 2008 on the back of stronger client demand. Backlogs of work meanwhile fell marginally.  [The index is based on monthly survey data from Markit].