BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Results

Thursday 3rd January


BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 2019: UK economy stagnating as service sector slows


  • Service sector indicators worsen and remain well below their historic average
  • Indicators for manufacturing and export orders are negative for two consecutive quarters for the first time in around a decade 
  • Manufacturers planning to invest in plant and machinery at eight-year low   



Friday 4th October


BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q3 2019: Economic conditions weaken as manufacturing slump continues


The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey – now in its thirtieth year as the largest UK private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth– found that UK economic conditions weakened in the third quarter amid a significant deterioration in manufacturing sector activity.


  • The balance of manufacturers reporting increased export orders lowest in a decade and domestic sales lowest since 2011.
  • The balance of manufacturers reporting improved cashflow drops to eight-year low.




Monday 1st July 2019


BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q2 2019: UK growth stalling amid manufacturing slowdown.


The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey – the largest private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth, closely watched by policymakers including the Bank of England – finds that underlying economic conditions remained stagnant in the second quarter of 2019.


  • The balance of manufacturing firms reporting improved domestic orders at 7-year low
  • Modest pick-up in service sector activity in Q2 insufficient to offset significant drops in Q1
  • Price pressures for services firms and manufacturers fall to their lowest level since 2016




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