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'Optimism increasing' among firms
Business optimism has grown over the past three months as orders increased, according to new figures.
Over the period, 15% more firms reported a rise in the total volume of new orders, compared with those whose orders fell, the latest CBI Scottish Industrial Trends survey shows.
There were 16% more firms reporting an increase in the volume of export orders than those reporting a decrease.
The survey also reports 7% more firms where domestic orders were up than firms where they were down.
Of the 30 manufacturing companies surveyed, 21% more have greater optimism about the future than three months ago, compared with those who are more negative about prospects.
CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan said: "The past quarter has seen Scottish industry report improved order books and growing confidence, which is very welcome and timely news indeed. This survey also provides further evidence that the domestic economy is improving after a long and difficult period for industrial firms.
"High costs continue to pose a threat and investment intentions remain weak. Scottish industry needs to fight hard for every sale, and companies need to ensure that they are internationally competitive going forward.
"Policymakers at all levels can assist by keeping down costs which affect firms and by making it as easy as possible for firms to invest and export."
Other recent statistics show that manufactured export sales grew in the three months to June.
Overall exports increased 3.5% in the second quarter of the year, compared with the previous quarter, the latest Index of Manufactured Exports said.