UK recession is over... already!

Much Ado About Nothing – UK GDP and the ‘r’ word

The U.K. economy has recovered from its ‘technical’ recession, with the gross domestic product (GDP) increasing by 0.6% in the first quarter, surpassing expectations.

Official figures released on Friday revealed this growth, which exceeded the 0.4% predicted by economists surveyed by Reuters for the previous quarter.

In the latter half of 2023, the U.K. experienced a mild recession due to ongoing inflationary pressures impacting economic performance.

Technically there is no official definition of a recession – however, two straight quarters of negative growth is widely accepted as a technical recession.

The production sector in the U.K. saw an expansion of 0.8% from January to March, whereas the construction sector experienced a decline of 0.9%. The economy witnessed a growth of 0.4% in March on a monthly basis, succeeding a 0.2% increase in February.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the services sector, which is vital to the U.K. economy, grew for the first time since the first quarter of 2023. This growth of 0.7% was primarily propelled by the transport services industry, marking its most significant quarterly growth since 2020.

Much Ado About Nothing

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a comedy by William Shakespeare, written around 1598 – 1599. The play is included in the First Folio, published in 1623, and is set in the Italian city of Messina.

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