Thomson ReutersJanuary 8, 2013 10:04
By Dasha Afanasieva
LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - British firms grew more confident
in the last three months of 2012, suggesting the economy avoided
contraction and is set for modest growth in the early part of
this year, Britain's largest business survey showed on Tuesday.
The survey of more than 7,000 firms by the British Chambers
of Commerce contrasts sharply with the downbeat message last
week from a set of closely watched polls of purchasing managers.
They suggested Britain is slipping back into