UK to avoid triple-dip recession, but growth weak: poll
The poll of almost 60 economists, taken this week, will make disappointing reading for finance minister George Osborne, who presented his half-yearly budget update to parliament last week.
Britain bounced back to growth of 1.0 percent in the third quarter, exiting its second recession in four years, but most of that rebound was driven by the London Olympic Games and extra working days.
It is now seen contracting 0.1 percent this quarter but will grow 0.2 percent in the first three months of 2013, thus avoiding a triple-dip recession. But there is a 35 percent chance of a return to recession in the next 12 months.
"Looking into 2013, we start to see some modest rebound but the headwinds coming from the global economy are likely to see the year start at a slow pace," said David Page at Lloyds Banking Group.
"We are also concerned about some of the headwinds that the Chancellor (Osborne) is going to maintain in terms of fiscal austerity as we move through 2013." Britain will endure more austerity and miss a key debt-cutting goal as the economy looks set to grow far more slowly than the government previously thought, Osborne said last
week. According to the poll, the country's gross domestic product will expand just 1.1 percent next year and 1.6 percent in
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