UK economy avoids recession with 0.3% quarterly growth

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London | Published: November 11, 2019 6:04 PM

And despite rebounding growth, the ONS pointed to "signs" of a slowdown, as Britain readies to leave the European Union on January 31.

uk economy, london economy, brexit, theresa may, economy newsEconomic activity was propelled largely by the construction and services sectors, while the production sector was flat. (Reuters)

Britain’s Brexit-facing economy avoided entering recession in the third quarter with growth of 0.3 per cent, official data showed on Monday. Gross domestic product rebounded in the July-September period after a 0.2-per cent contraction in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate. The technical definition of a recession is two straight quarters of negative growth. Economic activity was propelled largely by the construction and services sectors, while the production sector was flat.

“GDP grew steadily in the third quarter, mainly thanks to a strong July,” said an ONS spokesman. “Services again led the way with construction also performing well. “Manufacturing failed to grow as falls in most industries were offset by car production bouncing back,” he added. The third-quarter performance however fell short of market expectations and the Bank of England’s growth forecast — which had both stood at 0.4 per cent.

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And despite rebounding growth, the ONS pointed to “signs” of a slowdown, as Britain readies to leave the European Union on January 31. “The underlying momentum in the UK economy shows some signs of slowing,” it added. On an annual comparison, British GDP grew by 1.0 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier — the weakest reading since the first three months of 2010.

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