June 21, 2024

UK Economy Slips into Shallow Recession: What’s Next for Rishi Sunak and Britain’s Future?

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Government data shows UK economy in shallow recession in 2023: Business News

Britain’s economy has recently slipped into a shallow recession, presenting a challenge for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as he tries to reassure voters before an upcoming election. The Office for National Statistics reported that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 0.1% in the third quarter and 0.3% in the fourth quarter of last year, remaining in line with initial estimates.

Despite these negative figures, there are some positive signs for the economy at the outset of 2024. GDP expanded by 0.2% in January from December and recent surveys indicate continued growth in February and March. However, Britain has been slow to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the economy only 1% larger than it was in late 2019. In fact, it grew by just 0.1% in 2023, marking its weakest performance since 2009 following the global financial crisis.

The Bank of England has suggested that British inflation is nearing a point where they can start cutting interest rates. They expect the economy to grow by 0.25% this year, whereas official budget forecasters anticipate a 0.8% expansion. Despite these positive trends, households’ real disposable income only increased by 0.7% compared to the previous quarter and their savings ratio rose slightly to 10.2% in the final quarter of last year – indicating a cautious approach from consumers due to economic uncertainty.

In summary, while there have been some positive indicators for Britain’s economy at the beginning of this year, there is still much work to be done to fully recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and address challenges such as low growth rates and economic uncertainty among consumers.

The latest figures show an increase in households’ real disposable income by 0.7% compared to the previous quarter

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