The British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey

  • "The economy is set to continue on an underwhelming growth trajectory over the near term with uncertainty over the impact of Brexit coupled with high inflation and weak productivity likely to dampen overall economic activity," the BCC's head of economics, Suren Thiru, said.

More (main points via Reuters):

  • businesses are in a subdued mood ahead of Brexit
  • Companies continued to grapple with cost pressures in the last three months of 2017
  • Companies reluctant to invest more
  • Services sector continued to expand at a subdued pace
  • Manufacturers reported a slowdown in both domestic and export sales


BCC survey of 7,000 companies - the largest of its type