Growth takes off, rates stay down

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The Independent Online
The economy is on course to top 3 per cent growth this year, according to official figures. A Gallup survey showed that confidence in the economy is improving and consumers are more optimistic than at any time since September 1993. Sterling extended last week's decline, reflecting market worries that there was no sign of an early rise in base rates to head off inflationary pressures. Page 23

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