Forum research suggests business costs are still rising ahead of inflation, but more slowly than in 2011

The Forum's latest quarterly Referendum survey, carried out among its members, shows firms are still facing an uphill battle to make ends meet. The results showed in total 95% of businesses have seen an overall increase in their business costs. 85% of businesses reported an increase in energy costs, 88% in transport costs, 82% a rise in marketing costs, and 73% a rise in the cost of raw materials/stock. Also of concern, the report identified around 1 in 3 business owners who admitted to being unable to pass rising costs onto customers, forcing them to cut their own costs to

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