UK Economy Shrank in Q4 More Than Estimated

The Office for National Statistics released its third estimate for the UK’s gross domestic product.

The UK economy shrank by 0.4 percent in the final quarter of 2011, previous estimates showed that the economy shrank by 0.3 percent. The estimate for the first quarter of this year remained unchanged with a contraction of 0.3 percent. Construction output fell by 4.9 percent, its sharpest fall since the first quarter of 2009, and household spending fell by 0.1 percent, compared with a previous estimate of 0.1 percent growth. These estimates show that the recession has been deeper than previously thought.

Data also released on Thursday showed that government spending grew between January and March at its fastest rate in nearly seven years, further indicating the weak state of the UK’s economy.

Some economists said they expected the Bank of England to restart next week, its programme of quantitative easing, designed to boost growth by injecting money into the economy.

Source: BBC

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.