27 November 2009 | Gareth Mytton
By Gareth Mytton UK merchants placed more orders with suppliers in November than they did 12 months ago, the first annual increase in requisitions for almost two years.
In this month's Distributive Trades Survey
from the CBI employers' group, 40 per cent of respondents said they had increased their volume of orders with suppliers compared with November 2008, while 28 per cent said the volume had fallen.
The resulting balance of +12 per cent is the first rise since January 2008 and the strongest increase since November 2007.
Retailers also managed to raise their selling prices in November, at a balance of +17 per cent. Prices are expected to increase at the same rate in December.
In the next 12 months, companies also expect to cut capital investment, including buildings, machinery and commercial vehicles, on the year. However, the balance of -17 per cent is the strongest result since November 2007.