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Trade Confidence Outlook

The BCC’s Trade Confidence Outlook is the largest quarterly survey of UK exporters.

It assesses the percentage of UK exporters reporting a change in overseas sales, investment, and confidence. The data for the TCO is drawn from the BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – the UK’s largest independent quarterly business survey – which receives responses from around 2,500 exporters from across the UK, from all sectors and sizes.

Q2 2021 Trade Confidence Outlook

Q2 2021 Trade Confidence Outlook

Exporters still face significant issues after a historically weak Q1. The survey of more than 2,800 UK exporters revealed that the percentage of firms reporting increased export sales had risen to 27%, a 7-point rise from the previous quarter. The percentage of businesses reporting decreased export sales fell to 28%, down from 41%, however this remains a historically high proportion. 45% reported no change in their export sales.

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Q1 2021 Trade Confidence Outlook

Q1 2021 Trade Confidence Outlook

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Trade Confidence Outlook for Q1 2021 reveals the stark issues facing UK exporters in the first months of this year. The survey of more than 2,900 UK exporters revealed that the percentage of firms reporting decreased export sales had increased to 41%, up from 38% in the previous quarter. The percentage of businesses reporting increased export sales fell to 20%, down from 22% in Q4 2020. 40% reported no change in their export sales.

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Q4 2020 Trade Confidence Outlook

Q4 2020 Trade Confidence Outlook

These results illustrated the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 economic crisis on severely weakened business conditions, alongside the uncertainty that many exporters faced as the UK entered into a new trading relationship with the EU, as 41% of exporters reported decreased sales.

More optimistically however, 44% of exporters expected their turnover to increase over the next 12 months.

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Q3 2020 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q3 2020 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

The continuing global pandemic, coupled with the ongoing uncertainty of the UK’s departure from the European Union, makes current and future trading conditions very difficult for business.

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Q2 2020 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q2 2020 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

The first 6 months of 2020 have been an extremely challenging time for businesses trading both overseas and domestically, according to the largest independent survey of UK firms, released by British Chambers of Commerce.

The impact of Coronavirus has been felt at all stages of supply chains across every sector.

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Q4 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q4 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Exporters continued to tread water through the final quarter of 2019 according to the largest independent survey of UK firms, released by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL Express.

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Q3 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q3 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

BCC Quarterly International Trade Outlook for Q3: Manufacturing exporters report stark drop in sales and orders

A majority of UK manufacturing exporters are reporting a stark worsening in sales and orders, with indicators showing a substantial drop compared to 2017 and 2018 levels.

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Q2 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q2 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Many UK exporters are treading water at a time of deep uncertainty, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL.

The survey of 3,400 exporters found nearly two-thirds (63%) of manufacturers report exchange rates as a concern to their business, indicating the pressure from sterling volatility.

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Q1 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q1 2019 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

More UK exporters are reporting a decrease in orders in the opening quarter of the year, with cashflow and confidence dipping too according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL.

The report based on the responses of over 3,400 exporters shows that one in five manufacturers (23%) and service firms (20%) saw their export order books decline in the first three months of the year – the highest for both since Q2 2017 when records began.

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Q4 2018 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q4 2018 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters who are expecting to increase their prices has risen in the past three months, as international traders struggle with the value of the pound and pressure from the cost of raw materials and other overheads, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL.

The report, based on a survey of over 2,600 exporters, and export documentation data, shows that nearly half (49%) of manufacturers and 39% of services companies plan to raise their prices, up from 41% and 34% respectively.

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Q3 2018 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

Q3 2018 Quarterly International Trade Outlook

It’s a time of considerable change and turbulence for many UK’s exporters. The uncertainty of Brexit continues to weigh on many, as does currency fluctuations and global trade turmoil, which can dent confidence for firms trading goods and services across borders.

That said, UK businesses are resilient, and many exporters continue to perform strongly in the current circumstances. Confidence in turnover is strong but concern over exchange rates remains high in light of sterling volatility.

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BCC WELCOMES LAUNCH OF UK-GULF CO-OPERATION COUNCIL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS 

These negotiations are likely to be more complex than the others recently undertaken by the UK Government. But they also have the potential for a greater uplift for exporters across the UK, particularly in services and emerging technology.

ECONOMY ON A KNIFE EDGE AS INFLATION KEEPS CLIMBING

Inflation is set to continue upwards, with a further rise in the energy price cap yet to come, leaving businesses with mounting economic uncertainty, alongside labour shortages.

UNCERTAINTY REMAINS ON FUTURE OF STANDARDS MARKING SYSTEM

There is some way to go before businesses will have complete assurance about the operation of the new markings systems.

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