Businesses feeling more confident

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ManufacturingFirms have enjoyed the best few months of business since before the recession in 2007, according to a study.

A survey by Bibby Financial Services found a more positive outlook for this year amid renewed confidence and increasing numbers of customers.

Almost half of 500 business owners questioned said former customers had returned in the past few months, while two out of five had won new contracts.

Edward Winterton, executive director of Bibby Financial Services, said if the trend continued there would be a welcome return to growth, but he warned there was still a "long way" to go before a full recovery.

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