Recession risk rises as economy unexpectedly shrinks

Business / Wed 12th Oct 2022 at 10:49am

THE UK economy unexpectedly shrank in August, strengthening predictions that it will fall into a recession reports the BBC.

The surprise 0.3% drop came as factories and consumer-facing businesses struggled, according to official figures.

Analysts thought the economy would stall in August but not shrink as costs mount for businesses and households.

Prices are rising at their fastest rate for 40 years, eating into people’s budgets, and outpacing growth in pay.

In normal times, a country’s economy grows and on average, people become slightly richer as the value of the goods and services it produces – its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – increases.

But sometimes their value falls, and a recession is usually defined as when this happens for two three-month periods – or quarters – in a row, and it marks a sign the economy is performing badly.

The Bank of England has previously said that it expects the UK to fall into a recession by the end of the year.

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2 Comments for Recession risk rises as economy unexpectedly shrinks:

2022-10-12 19:20:21

"unexpectedly shrinks"???? Hardly unexpectedly. £2B loss purely due to Brexit, staff shortages in many industries purely due to Brexit, stagnant wages and stagnant productivity for 12 years of Tory government. How is this "unexpected"? At least the £350M a week going to the NHS as promised by Boris & Gove will offset all of this.

2022-10-13 09:11:16

Glad to know brexit is responsible for uk economic woes. Can you tell me why the rest of the world has the same financial problems even though brexit would net effect them.

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