Uk Financial Firm Optimism Highest For 17 Years – Cbi

VIDEO: UK league player given 47-game suspension for fight off ice

Some 59 percent of UK financial services firms said they felt more optimistic about their business situation, compared to 6 percent who were less optimistic, according to the latest quarterly CBI/PwC financial services survey, released on Monday. The positive balance of 53 is the highest since December 1996. The survey, covering the three months to early September, also showed a net 24 percent of financial firms increased staff in the period, the biggest rise for six years. A net 14 percent of firms expect to increase staffing again in the current quarter. The CBI/PwC survey is based on the balance of firms reporting an increase and those reporting a decrease. The survey findings indicate about 10,000 jobs were added in the third quarter and another 2,000 will be created this quarter, taking UK financial services jobs to 1.14 million, CBI/PwC estimated. Business volumes fell in the latest quarter, however, mainly in banking. The CBI said 22 percent of financial firms reported a rise in business volumes, but 32 percent said they were down. A big majority of firms expect volumes to increase this quarter, it said. “Banks’ optimism is increasingly buoyant despite seeing a slight seasonal blip in commercial and industrial volumes. Activity and profitability are expected to grow as the economy recovers, and investment in new products and infrastructure is increasing,” said Kevin Burrowes, PwC’s UK financial services leader. Profitability rose for the fourth consecutive quarter, as companies managed to offset the fall in business volumes by increasing their margins, the survey showed.

The Canary Wharf financial district is seen from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the London 2012 Olympic Park in east London May 11, 2012. REUTERS/Ki Price

The forward has been suspended a whopping 47 games for an incident that took place both on but mostly off the ice. Campbell, playing for the Hull Sting Rays, was hit from behind along the boards, enough to upset any hockey player. As is only natural, a scrum resulted on the ice and things got a little heated. Campbell was then escorted off the ice to presumably go to the dressing room. Although he didn’t make it there before getting himself into more trouble. That’s when Campbell went after the man that hit him on the ice, Nico Sacchetti of the Dundee Stars, in the stands. And he didn’t just go after him, Campbell really went after him. Just take a look at the suspension breakdown for Campbell and how the Elite League got to the exact number of 47 games . Fighting off the ice = 15 matches Attempted eye gouge = 12 matches Knee to the head = 10 matches Excessive force to the head resulting in an impact to the ice = 10 matches Fighting off the ice and excessive force, simple enough. But knee to the head?! Attempted eye gouge?!? My gosh. I’m wondering how they decided that attempting to gouge a guy’s eye out was worth just 12 games and I also wonder how many games he would have received had he successfully gauged Sacchetti’s eye; 50 games?