UK growth

UK economy declines more than expected in October 2023

The economy fell by 0.3% October, after growth of 0.2% in September 2023.

UK GDP is 0.0%

The UK economy shrank more than expected in October 2023, as higher interest rates hit consumers. The bad weather didn’t help either.

Household spending has been dented by rate rises as the Bank of England tries to tackle inflation. It is due to make its next rate decision on Thursday 14th December 2023. Retail and tourism were hit by severe weather hit the UK in October 2023.

Analysts had predicted that the economy would fall by just 0.1% but services, manufacturing and construction sectors all contracted more than expected.

The UK economy has been stagnating and the Prime Minister has promised to speed up economic growth. But no significant recovery is expected until January 2025.

Chancellor’s spin

Commenting on the latest figures, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said it was ‘inevitable economic growth would be subdued, whilst interest rates are doing their job to bring down inflation.’

The figures underline the ongoing impact of the cost-of-living crisis and the tools employed by our ‘decision’ makers on our behalf.

Information from ONS

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