What recovery? Parts of the UK economy are in recession again

Manufacturing in the UK has slid into recession, with output falling for the consecutive quarters.

The third-quarter fall was 0.3 per cent, making a cumulative fall of 0.9 per cent this year.

Construction output, while not said to be in recession, fell by 2.2 per cent – more in a single quarter than in-recession manufacturing.

As for the economy as a whole:

The UK economy grew by 0.5% between July and September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says, a slower pace than the previous quarter.

The rate was also lower than the 0.6% growth predicted by many analysts. The economy had grown by 0.7% in the second quarter of the year.

Part of the slowdown was due to the biggest fall in construction output in three years, a drop of 2.2%.

The service sector, the biggest part of the economy, grew by 0.7%.

However, output in the manufacturing sector declined by 0.3%.

“The slowdown is being led by the manufacturing sector, which is seeing a renewed recession as output has now fallen for three consecutive quarters, suffering a 0.3% decline in the three months to September,” said Chris Williamson, chief economist at research firm Markit.

“Manufacturing output has so far fallen 0.9% this year. Producers are struggling as weak demand in many overseas markets, notably China and other emerging nations, is being exacerbated by the appreciation of sterling.”

Source: UK economic growth slows to 0.5% in third quarter – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “What recovery? Parts of the UK economy are in recession again

  1. Richard W Kirkland

    We may have a mini building boom, though this again i debt,that the house buyers have too pay, at a time when jobs are being lost across the country., trouble lies ahead for many, sad to say.

  2. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    It seems to me that part of the problem is that Chinese inferior quality is being pushed instead of our own high quality. Other countries are beginning to get the opinion that, if we are so keen on Chinese goods, building and running our power stations and trains etc., our own can’t be much good.

    We are being sold down the river every time and it has to stop.

  3. philipburdekin

    We really do need to get these comedians out of Downing Street, there are not funny to all those who are suffering because of these Tory IDIOTS.

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