UK CBI trends total orders dropped to -10 in May, down from -5 and missed expectation of -5. 23% of manufacturers reported total orders books above normal. 32% said they were below normal. The -10 balance was the worst since October 2016, but stayed broadly in line with long-run average of -13.
Anna Leach, CBI Deputy Chief Economist, said: “With investment down, stockpiling up, and the threat of a no-deal ever present, we desperately need parliament to thrash out a viable deal in the national interest. Where the cross-party talks failed, Parliament must succeed, or continued economic paralysis will see us hurtle ever closer to disaster.”