Hopes that the recovery kept up momentum at the close of last year will be boosted by a report suggesting businesses are enjoying their strongest growth since before the financial crisis.
Released ahead of official data on GDP growth, a new indicator from the business group CBI shows output for businesses across the private sector is rising at the fastest pace since the autumn of 2007.
"A picture is unfolding of a real upsurge in output across much of the UK economy," said Katja Hall, the CBI's chief policy director.
"Many firms in many sectors are feeling brighter about their prospects than they have for a long time, showing the recovery is gaining traction."
City economists expect the first official estimate of growth in the fourth quarter of 2013 to show a slight slowdown from previous month but still put the UK's recovery ahead of that in other western European countries. The consensus forecast is for 0.7% growth during October to December after 0.8% expansion in both the second and third quarters.
The year as a whole is expected to have clocked up the strongest growth since 2007, before the global financial crisis plunged the UK into a deep recession.
The CBI said the outlook remained bright according to its new indicator, which covers around three-quarters of the private sector by combining the group's surveys of manufacturers, retailers and businesses in the services sector.
The balance of firms reporting rising output over the three months to January, at +30, was the strongest since September 2007. The expectations balance for the coming three months was the highest since last October.
The report's strong readings from the manufacturing sector are somewhat at odds with the official data that showed factories losing some momentum towards the end of 2013.
If that picture is confirmed in Tuesday's official GDP numbers it will deal another blow to the government's hopes of rebalancing the economy away from reliance on consumer demand and towards manufacturing and exports.
The CBI said strength was expected across all sectors over coming months but it conceded businesses needed to spend more to help cement the recovery.
"We certainly need companies investing more and creating a bigger footprint in fast-growing markets, and while some risks remain, we expect the economy to continue to strengthen through 2014," said Hall.
The tone is also upbeat in a separate report out on Tuesday from the commercial property sector. In the final quarter of 2013 demand for shops and industrial units rose at the fastest pace for at least 15 years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Its poll of agents said increasing optimism about the UK economy and more accessible lending filtered through to commercial property to give the highest reading on the strength of demand since records began in 1998.
Rent expectations rose and in the property investment market enquiries were also picking up.
But publishing its report as floods continue to blight many parts of the country after another weekend of torrential rain, RICS warned changes to insurance rules could jeopardise growth for some areas.
"Due to the government's failure to bring in adequate insurance provisions to protect the likes of shops and offices in flood risk areas, we could well see smaller local economies hit hard," said Jeremy Blackburn, RICS UK head of policy.
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