Oh, but I thought it was, with definitiveness? My, have they lied in an attempted confidence game with U.K. consumers? No, they wouldn't do that, would they? That'd be low. And our esteemed public officials (and non-public, Fed Reserve masters of the universe) would never follow course. Go spend, spend, spend! Salad days are here again! Nothing but Blue Skies, from now on.... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8303930.stm Recession in UK 'still not over' A leading business group has cast doubt on whether the UK economy emerged from recession in the third quarter of 2009. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said business confidence was improving but the economy was still "frail". Official GDP figures are due next week. If they show no growth, it will be the first time the UK has endured six successive quarters without growth. Separately, UK retail sales rose 2.8% from September 2008, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said. But the BRC warned that "we mustn't get carried away" - as the figures are compared with a "weak performance" last September when turmoil in the financial markets hit consumer confidence. 'On the brink' The BCC surveyed more than 5,500 companies and found that confidence strengthened across the board. Confidence among manufacturers was at its highest level since the beginning of 2008. But despite "good progress" being made in both the manufacturing and service sectors, domestic orders and sales were still down on the previous quarter, the BCC said. "The Q3 results support our assessment that the UK economy is on the brink of leaving recession," David Kern, chief economist at the BCC said. "However, the improvement is not sufficiently strong to allow us to conclude without doubt that GDP has already returned to positive growth." Last week, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research also estimated that the economy did not grow in the June to September quarter.