The BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey indicates that most UK firms reported no improvement in investment levels, sales, or cashflow in the first quarter of 2024, with business confidence levels remaining mostly unchanged. The percentage of respondents reporting increased domestic sales also remained steady at 36% – the same level as in Q4. However, notable sectoral differences were observed. While 44% of professional service firms reported a boost in sales, only 27% of logistic companies and 29% of retailers saw an increase. To read the BCC’s news release, go to