Confidence plummets in commercial sector as clients wobble

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Sector drops into negative territory for first time since spring

Architects’ confidence in the commercial sector has dropped into negative territory for the first time since March.

It was the sector with the biggest drop in the RIBA’s latest Future Trends report, from a score of +9 in August to -2 in September.

This reinforces the sense that clients feel far more nervous about committing to new commercial projects, said RIBA executive director for members Adrian Dobson.

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