25 May 2019

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Stay up to date with the latest developments in the British economy. Looking at domestic and global economies, our business news helps industries understand important events and build strategies for the future. The CBI's economy news team draws on a wealth of experience, and a vast network of businesses from across the UK. We also provide regular reports and surveys which can be found on the CBI site.

  • Image of Business surveys suggest anaemic growth in Q1 2019

    8 March 2019

    Business surveys suggest anaemic growth in Q1 2019

    Recent business surveys were noticeably downcast on the prospects for any uptick in UK economic growth at the start of 2019, following weak expansion in Q4 2018 (when GDP grew by just 0.2%). These surveys suggest that Brexit uncertainty and a gloomy global background are posing significant headwinds to the UK economy. 

  • Image of 'Brexit stalemate means growing damage today and weaker economy tomorrow'

    7 March 2019

    'Brexit stalemate means growing damage today and weaker economy tomorrow'

    UK businesses are warning that recent Brexit uncertainty has significantly affected their sales and investment plans over the last few months, a new CBI survey says.

  • Image of Private sector growth stagnates in quarter to February - Growth Indicator

    3 March 2019

    Private sector growth stagnates in quarter to February - Growth Indicator

    UK private sector activity was broadly unchanged in the quarter to February, according to the latest CBI Growth Indicator.

  • Image of CBI India Update February 2019

    1 March 2019

    CBI India Update February 2019

    Read the latest on India’s FDI and GDP figures and a round up on the India-Pakistan border tensions in the February India Update.

  • Image of Service sector optimism deteriorates at fastest pace since financial crash

    25 February 2019

    Service sector optimism deteriorates at fastest pace since financial crash

    Optimism across the service sector fell sharply in the three months to February, while business volumes and profitability continued to fall, according to the latest Service Sector Survey.

  • Image of Retail sales stand still in February

    22 February 2019

    Retail sales stand still in February

    Retail sales volumes were once again flat in the year to February, confirming a subdued start to 2019, according to the latest quarterly CBI Distributive Trades Survey.

  • Image of UK economy slows amidst heightened Brexit uncertainty

    22 February 2019

    UK economy slows amidst heightened Brexit uncertainty

    The ONS’ preliminary estimate for GDP growth in Q4 2018 confirmed that the UK economy slowed following a summer of relatively robust economic expansion. This coincided with the Bank of England releasing a downgraded growth forecast for the UK, with both heightened Brexit uncertainty and softer global growth weighing on the UK’s outlook.

  • Image of Manufacturing activity weakens

    20 February 2019

    Manufacturing activity weakens

    Manufacturing output growth slowed in the quarter to February, while order books improved slightly, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

  • Image of CBI/Pertemps Labour market update February 2019

    19 February 2019

    CBI/Pertemps Labour market update February 2019

    According to the ONS, the UK labour market continued to grow strongly at the end of 2018, against a backdrop of tepid economic growth and heightened uncertainty.

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