The double-dip recession is here.
The UK economy is now back in a state of technical recession, latest official data
The UK economy grew/contracted by 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012. This is according to the preliminary estimate on growth in gross domestic product (GDP) published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The technical definition of a recession is two successive quarters of
negative GDP growth.UK has already effectively experienced a double-dip recession, says the Guardian
The UK economy has already effectively experienced a double-dip recession
, argues the Guardian's Larry Elliott. He says:
"There has been no growth in the economy since September 2010, with three quarters of falling output punctuated by two quarters of expansion. To all intents and purposes Britain has had a double dip recession, even though the technical definition of two successive quarters of negative growth has not been met. [...] the real drag on the economy has been household consumption, by far the biggest element of gross domestic product."Today's GDP reading for Q1 2012 will be prone to revision
It should be noted that today's GDP data release for Q1 2012 does not tell the complete story.
As the BBC points out
, the figure released today "is only the preliminary estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), based on only about 40% of the information that will be used to reach later figures."
It is of course possible that estimates of GDP growth in the first quarter of 2012 will be revised upwards, taking it back into
ONS releases its first revised estimate of GDP growth in Q1 2012 next month, on Thursday 24 May 2012.
GDP forecasts round-up: Where do we go from here?
So what happens next?
Here we present an overview of latest predictions as to the potential path of UK economic growth in 2012 and beyond.
Here is a round-up of recently-published GDP predictions, which represent something of a mixed bag, to say the least:
- The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) warns that the outlook for GDP growth past Q1 2012 is uncertain: "[G]rowth is likely to weaken in Q2 due to the
additional Bank Holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The London
Olympics in Q3 may also distort the growth figures." It has revised its 2012 GDP forecast down from 0.8% to 0.6%.
2013 unchanged at 1.8%.
- The Ernst & Young ITEM Club predicts UK GDP growth of 0.4% in 2012.
- The IMF expects the UK economy to grow by 0.8% in 2012.
- NIESR says it expects the UK's current "economic weakness to be temporary, with the
recovery taking hold in 2013. [...] We do not expect output to pass its
peak in early 2008 until 2014."
- The OBR recently raised its estimates
for UK GDP growth in 2012. It expects the UK economy to grow by 0.8% in 2012, having
- Standard & Poor's (S&P) has reaffirmed the UK's AAA credit rating as "stable".
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25 Apr 2012 10:30 AM
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