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THE slow but steady improvement in trade still continues and shows signs of developing in new directions. Those engaged in the heavy industries, iron and steel and engineering, already appear to be anticipating the recuperative effects which they evidently believe will follow the imposition of tariffs.
Business in and around West Hartlepool has of late received a fillip. The timber yards are busy in a variety of ways, distributing sawn timber and selling qualities suitable for building and the shipyards. A good deal of it is needed for wagon repairs, in which there is increased activity, whilst better inquiries are being received for pit props.
• E. M. Tweddle, Ltd., Osborne Road, West Hartlepool, is to build 50 houses for the town council.
The reports from Bradford and woollen districts generally are a little more hopeful this week—better, perhaps, in respect of rayon than wool— but, nevertheless, good even in the case of the latter. The building industry in this district, too, is becoming move active, as also is the timber trade. The heavy-engineering industry shows slims of becoming really active very soon.
The silk factories in Lancashire are doing fairly well at present, especially those in the Macclesfield district. The weaving section of this industry, in particular, is busy, overtime being necessary in some factories.
In the rayon factories, too, there is a continuation of the activity to which we have referred so frequently of late. The home trade in this industry is the most active.
There is a fair amount of business now stirring in the boot, shoe and leather trades, and good reports emanate front Runcorn, Warrington, Liverpool and the Rossendale Valley. In the lastnamed district a new fashion in slippers is expected to create the equivalent of a new industry. Packing-case makers in the Liverpool district are becoming more active. A police and fire-station is to be built in Accrington by G. Cunliffe and Son, Ltd., of Sydney Street, in that town.
In Northampton the boot and shoe trade is improving. A new method of shoe-making is being developed at the Enterprise factory, Kingsthorpe, in that town, which may result in extra business. Jervis and Hayes, Ltd., has enlarged its shoe factory in Leicester. There is a definite improvement in the reports from the shoe works in Kettering.
The Leicester hosiery trade is good, whilst in Nottingham the fancy-lace factories are becoming busier.
In Birmingham the hardware industry shows slight improvement. The light electrical trade is brisk, whilst, a new industry concerned with tubular furniture is developing rapidly. The edged tool trade is in receipt of many new inquiries, and the heavy-engineering trade is at last beginning to show signs of increased activity.
Birmingham City Council is to erect 3,500 new houses during the forthcoming 18 months, whilst Messrs. H. R. Hofton and Sons of 55 City Road, Beeston, are to build 65 houses in that town.
The timber industry in Cardiff is doing well, and house building is, in some respects, responsible for this. There is to be a considerable amount of widening of, and repairs to, roads near Cardiff.
The tinplate industry expects to benefit considerably as the result of the imposition of the new tariff.'
The boot and shoe trade in Glasgow and district is improving. Retailers are reported to be well pleased and wholesalers anticipate increased demand In the immediate future. The woollen and textile trades generally are better than they have been for some time. Hosiery firms are obtaining useful business and carpet manufacturers are well. employed.
Wylie and Lochhead, Ltd., is interested in a contract for new buildings at Lennox Castle for Glasgow Corporation.
The boot and shoe trade in the Bristol area indicates an improvement, although it is still below the average. The building and allied businesses are showing encouraging signs and so is the timber industry. Messrs. Carpenter and Mayne, 27, The Avenue, Newton Abbot, are building houses for Ashburton Urban District Council.
London and Home Counties.
In the leather industry there is some liveliness, although the improvement is not quite so rapid as was anticipated. The shoe business is increasing and factors report the receipt of plenty of orders. The building trade is better in the Metropolitan area and the demand for timber is improving accordingly.