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Exporting is 'key' to growth, says BCC

The UK economy will remain weak for the foreseeable future, but recession is not inevitable, according to the latest quarterly survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

The survey, of more than 6,000 businesses, suggests that the economy has "significantly weakened".

Domestic demand is at its lowest level in more than two years, the BCC said.

But a "new recession is not a foregone conclusion," said BCC director-general John Longworth.

He told BBC Breakfast that companies must export outside of the eurozone in order to stimulate growth.

  • 10 Jan 2012