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As pointed out by Reuters, survey results from the British Chamber of Commerce and the accounting firm Deloitte show that sentiment amongst UK business firms is continuing to sour amidst a lack of clarity on Brexit.

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The BCC survey, taken over 5,600 companies, shows that the share of services companies looking to hire more staff over the next quarter declined to 47% from 60%, the lowest hiring share since early 1993, with 72% of firms reporting difficulties in finding new hires, a record high for the survey. Growth in both sales and new export orders for manufacturing firms also sees its slowest pace since late 2016, with the declines being fueled by businesses unsure of how Brexit will impact the flow of goods.  

Meanwhile, the Deloitte survey shows that optimism for business operators is rapidly declining as well, with only 13% of CFOs remaining optimistic for their company’s growth prospects, compared to July’s 24%, with 79% of survey respondents noting they expect the long-term business environment to worsen thanks to Brexit, the highest share since the initial  Brexit referendum.