Falling pound appears to give UK service companies a lift

LONDON — A closely watched survey shows that the falling pound has helped Britain’s service companies pick up new business.In their joint survey, financial information company IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply said Monday that an increase in new work lifted business activity growth to its highest since October 2018.The sector’s purchasing managers’ index rose to 51.4 points in July from 50.2 the previous month, taking the index further above the 50-level that marks no change in output.The survey found respondents saw an export boon from the weak pound.The pound has fallen sharply in recent weeks amid growing talk within the British government that the country will leave the European Union on the Brexit date of Oct. 31, with or without a withdrawal agreement.The Associated Press read more

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Luke Marshall If we play like that again theres no point going

first_imgI was looking back on it on the big screen and he probably was my man. It was a lapse in concentration and playing new combinations. Not the defence I’m used to but, no, I put my hand up; my mistake, and it was a pretty costly error, early on in the second-half.”It was suggested to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who did not argue the point, that a similar display against the world champion All Blacks next Sunday could mean they put 50+ points on the scoreboard. The Irish 12 agreed.They may do, but I don’t think we plan to play like that next week. If we plan to play like that, there’s no point in going out on the pitch next week. We’ll go out and aim to win. If you ever go out not expecting to win, you shouldn’t be going out; you shouldn’t be playing for your country.”While Marshall contested that the scoreline may have flattered Australia, he felt the visitors fully deserved their win. New Zealand arrive in Ireland this evening and will be eyeing a win at Lansdowne Road that will see them finish 2013 unbeaten.Marshall will do well to hold onto his spot and Gordon D’Arcy’s stronger defensive game may see him partner Brian O’Driscoll in the Irish midfield. “This week, when I got the nod,” Marshall commented, “Gordon was still giving me all the advice, helping me improve and obviously for me as a young player that is key. He has so much experience and advice to give and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can. If he gets the nod next week, that is just the way it goes.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >SNAPSHOT: O’Neill and Keane are at Ireland v AustraliaJoe Schmidt’s Ireland well beaten by the Wallabies LUKE MARSHALL HAS not had an easy ride since making his Ireland debut against Scotland earlier this year.The Ulster centre was an attacking dynamo against the Scots but was guilty of a knock-on in an agonising away defeat. He shipped a concussive blow in his next game out — a 13-13 draw with France — and was thoroughly concussed, and led off the field, the following week as Italy consigned Ireland’s Six Nations to the scrapheap.Logic prevailed over the summer and Marshall missed the tour wins over Canada and the USA. He was omitted from the squad that dismissed Samoa but started against Australia last night and was part of an error-strewn, defensively porous backline.The 22-year-old’s major contribution to affairs in Ireland’s 32-15 defeat was let to Quade Cooper in for the Wallaby’s third try. Marshall showed a lot of character post-match as he admitted he was at fault for the score.He told TheScore.ie: “At half-time I thought we could definitely win the game. I thought there was a swing in momentum at the end of the first half, so we were pretty confident going into the second half. But we gave a try away early on and that killed us a bit.  A lapse in concentration in defence let him free. It’s as easy a score he will get for himself.” Marshall added:last_img read more

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