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Optimism continues to yo-yo. The optimism scores for January to April look like this: +42, +55, +37, and +47. In May, 66% of respondents said they were either very optimistic or fairly optimistic about the next 12 months; however, 31% said they were either not very optimistic or not at all optimistic, thus generating a falling optimism score of +35.
Medium-sized leets and the largest leets were signiicantly more optimistic than small leets: 76% and 73%, compared with 52% having positive outlooks respectively.
Operators serving the retail and wholesale sector were the most optimistic at 81%.
A total of 35% said their business has already started to recover from the recession, while another 30% expect to recover within the next 12 months.
● The next Trucking Britain Out Of Recession survey is now online. Go to www.roadtransport.com/ britain to take part.