Investment plans take a hit as businesses worry about Brexit

PETER HAMILTON | April 10, 2019

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Over half of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed by AIB in its sentiment survey are reviewing, postponing or cancelling investment plans.The bank’s Brexit sentiment index for the first quarter of 2019 shows that two-thirds of SMEs have begun formally planning for the implications of Brexit, a rise of 16 per cent on the last survey, while 56 per cent of SMEs in Northern Ireland have yet to start planning.Preparedness in the Republic rose as sentiment fell on the bank’s index, to a low of -52, from -41 in the previous survey. That increasing negativity is driven by a feeling among SMEs that Brexit is starting to have an impact on business with 76 per cent concerned about its affect in the future.

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