LONDON (Reuters) – British customers lost a few of their confidence in early September — earlier than Prime Minister Theresa May’s newest setback on Brexit — however firms have been extra upbeat, two surveys confirmed on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Shoppers cross the street in Oxford Street, in London, Britain August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo – RC12B2316CB0
Britain’s headline gauge of shopper confidence, compiled by market analysis agency GfK for the European Commission, slipped to -9 from -7 in August, remaining in its vary because the 2016 referendum resolution to go away the European Union.
Economists who took half in a Reuters ballot had principally anticipated the studying to slide again barely much less to -Eight.
Joe Staton, GfK’s consumer technique director, stated the strategy of Brexit in March was affecting how customers felt in regards to the financial system, with no readability but on whether or not Britain and the EU will clinch a transition deal.
“When respondents talk about their personal finances, the scores are still positive. But for the general economy, they can only reflect on the obvious uncertainty surrounding Brexit,” Staton stated.
May was rebuffed final week by fellow EU leaders who dismissed her plan for Britain to proceed to commerce freely with the bloc in items and agriculture.
The GfK survey was carried out between Sept. 1 and 15, earlier than the Sept. 20 EU summit.
Despite the nervousness reported by GfK, Britain’s customers have proven little signal of letting the strategy of Brexit have an effect on their spending. Retail gross sales figures have been a lot stronger than anticipated in July and August, serving to the general financial system.
A separate survey of companies by Lloyds financial institution — which was additionally carried out earlier than the EU summit final week — confirmed a restoration in confidence in September, reversing a fall in August when it sank to a nine-month low.
More firms participating within the Lloyds survey thought Brexit was having a optimistic relatively than a detrimental impact on their prospects, once more reversing August’s findings.
But the general degree of business confidence of 29 p.c remained under ranges of round 40-50 p.c earlier than the Brexit referendum in 2016.
Another survey on Friday from the British Chambers of Commerce confirmed one in 5 British companies will relocate some or all of their operations to the EU within the event of a no-deal Brexit.