UK service sector remains in downturn during November

The UK service sector registered another modest contraction of activity during November as levels of incoming new work continued to fall amid ongoing economic uncertainty and cost of living challenges weighing on discretionary spending. Cost pressures showed little signs of abating, with operating expenses again rising sharply, although pricing power was limited to some degree by rising competition and falling sales. Firms continue to hire additional staff as they sought to address skills shortages at their units, but confidence in the outlook remains historically subdued, despite improving noticeably since October.

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