United Kingdom Business Confidence  1958-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The CBI Business Optimism indicator in the UK rose slightly to -3 in the third quarter of 2018 from -4 in the previous three-month period. Still, the latest reading pointed to a slight deterioration in optimism about general business conditions, as investment intentions deteriorated significantly and the share of firms citing a lack of skilled labour as a likely constraint on activity rose well above the long-run average. Also, optimism regarding export prospects stalled while factory output rose the most in one year and new orders continued to expand at a solid pace, with a pick-up in the domestic market offsetting a slowdown in new export orders. Looking ahead, growth in output and total orders are expected to slow moderately during next quarter. Business Confidence in the United Kingdom averaged -3.36 Index Points from 1958 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 55 Index Points in the third quarter of 1959 and a record low of -75 Index Points in the first quarter of 1974.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-01-23 11:00 AM CBI Business Optimism Index 13 -11 -7
2018-04-24 10:00 AM CBI Business Optimism Index -4 13 6
2018-07-24 10:00 AM CBI Business Optimism Index -3 -4 5
2018-10-23 10:00 AM CBI Business Optimism Index -3 4


United Kingdom Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence -3.00 -4.00 55.00 -75.00 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 54.00 54.30 61.50 34.40 [+]
Services PMI 53.50 55.10 62.50 40.10 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 1.10 1.20 22.60 -11.90 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 0.40 -0.20 9.80 -7.90 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 1.50 1.50 19.60 -16.90 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 82.30 82.90 85.20 38.00 percent [+]
New Orders 11628.00 12701.00 25109.00 9381.00 GBP Million [+]
Factory Orders 11.00 13.00 21.00 -79.00 Net Balance [+]
Changes in Inventories 2214.00 -96.00 11295.00 -11441.00 GBP Million [+]
Bankruptcies 3918.00 4462.00 6509.00 924.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 111344.00 107899.00 111344.00 1024.00 GBP Million [+]
Zew Economic Sentiment Index -53.60 -43.00 61.00 -77.20 [+]
Car Production 128799.00 137225.00 185157.00 43773.00 Units [+]
Car Registrations 163898.00 234945.00 562337.00 33051.00 [+]
Small Business Sentiment 6.00 -5.00 40.00 -69.00 [+]
Internet Speed 16920.86 16337.23 16920.86 3085.89 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 27493519.00 26782989.00 27493519.00 13305856.00 IP [+]
Leading Economic Index 0.40 0.10 1.90 -2.10 percent [+]
Private Investment 0.50 -0.40 64.50 -33.80 percent [+]
Mining Production -4.40 -0.20 852.60 -90.50 percent [+]
Steel Production 681.00 582.00 2848.00 131.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Competitiveness Index 5.51 5.49 5.56 5.18 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 8.00 7.00 13.00 2.00 [+]
Composite Pmi 53.60 55.20 61.80 47.40 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 7.00 7.00 11.00 5.00 [+]
Electricity Production 25832.00 30192.00 38520.00 16152.00 Gigawatt-hour [+]
Corruption Index 82.00 81.00 87.00 74.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 8.00 10.00 20.00 8.00 [+]


United Kingdom Business Confidence

In the United Kingdom, the Business Optimism Index is published by the Confederation of British Industry's in its Industrial Trends Survey. An average of 400 small, medium and large companies from the manufacturing sector is surveyed each quarter. The Questionnaire accesses the overall sentiment regarding general and export business situation, investment, capacity, order books, employment, output, stocks, prices competitiveness regarding domestic, EU and non-EU markets and innovation and training. For each assessment is computed a sub-index as the percentage of positive answers minus the percentage of negative answers. The composite index is then computed as the weighted average of the sub-indices. An Optimism Index of +100 indicates that all survey respondents are much more confident about future prospects, while -100 suggests that all survey respondents are much less confident about future prospects. An index level of 0 indicates neutrality. This page provides - United Kingdom Business Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Business Confidence - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-3.00 -4.00 55.00 -75.00 1958 - 2018 Index Points Quarterly




business confidence by Country
Country Last
Australia 7.00 Jul/18
Brazil 50.20 Jul/18
Canada 61.80 Jul/18
China 51.20 Jul/18
Euro Area 1.29 Jul/18
France 108.00 Jul/18
Germany 101.70 Jul/18
India 59.70 Dec/17
Indonesia 112.82 Jun/18
Italy 106.90 Jul/18
Japan 21.00 Jun/18
Mexico 50.70 Jul/18
Netherlands 6.30 Jul/18
Russia -2.00 Jul/18
South Korea 74.00 Jul/18
Spain -1.90 Jul/18
Switzerland 101.10 Jul/18
Turkey 102.70 Jul/18
United Kingdom -3.00 Sep/18
United States 58.10 Jul/18


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