UK business confidence falls for first time since May
Lloyds Bank's business barometer slumped by seven points to -18, dragged down by the services sector. Confidence among manufacturers and retailers edged up.
Hann-Ju Ho, a Lloyds Bank economist, said companies were also worried about the prospect of a no-deal end to Britain's post-Brexit trade transition with the European Union on December 31.
The survey of 1,200 businesses was conducted. ■