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BDO: Optimism in service sector increasing

The British Chambers of Commerce said last week that exports from the service sector will stop the UK from falling into a triple-dip recession.

Now a report from accountancy firm BDO has suggested optimism in the sector has continued to increase - with an index measuring companies' intentions to take on more staff at a 19-month high.

Speaking to the Today programme, Peter Hemington from BDO said: "In export sectors, business services are doing well - [such as] the law and accountancy.

"You've also seen financial services surprisingly doing better than you'd expect. And things like education, that's a real export sector for the UK economy, " he added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 8 April 2013.