The UK’s consumer services sector, which includes bars and restaurants, declined at the fastest rate since 2009 in the last quarter, according to the Confederation of British Industries (CBI). A survey of companies conducted between 28 October and 16 November found that among consumer services firms, a negative balance of 41% of companies saw volume fall, against expectations of -1%. It represents the fastest since May 2009. Meanwhile, a net balance of 40% experienced a decline in sales by value. In addition, consumer services companies expected to see business fall over the next quarter by 23% by value and 17% by volume. Ian McCafferty, the CBI’s chief economic adviser, said: “Business conditions are worsening across the UK services sector, and consumer services firms in particular have been hit unexpectedly hard.”