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Economic growth to pick up but risks to recovery ‘elevated’, say UK forecasts

Households and firms can expect more financial pain despite Britain dodging technical recession, says KPMG Britain will be left with deep scars from the pandemic despite narrowly escaping a second recession within three years and growing signs of an economic pick up, according to new forecasts. A new report by the accountancy firm KPMG has […]

Central banks must keep interest rates high to combat inflation, says OECD

Organisation also says UK will be only G20 economy apart from Russia to shrink this year Central banks should maintain the fight against inflation with high interest rates despite fears of a global banking crash, according to the OECD, which said the UK will be the only economy in the G20 apart from Russia to […]

Hopes rise that UK might avoid recession after services sector rebound

Pound edges up as stronger economic growth increases chances of further interest rate rises A rebound across the UK’s services sector in February has raised hopes that the country might avoid recession in the first half of this year. Analysts said the bigger than expected surge in business activity appeared to show that the UK […]

Retirement boom among UK’s older workers creates economic headache

Wyre Forest in the West Midlands has seen a huge jump in the ‘economically inactive’, many of them affluent older people, but the dearth of workers is a real problem for employers “I always laughed at people who said they’d never been so busy since they retired,” says David Richards, mopping his brow as he […]

Bank of England raises UK interest rates to 4%

Hike of 0.5 percentage points lifts rates to 14-year high, but BoE says shorter and shallower recession now more likely Interest rates rise again but Bank of England hints at a brighter future The Bank of England raised interest rates for a tenth consecutive time on Thursday from 3.5% to 4%, but said inflation may […]

The UK may avoid a recession for now but it won’t feel like it for many

Jeremy Hunt is not getting carried away by November growth, and monthly GDP moves can be erratic UK economy grew by only 0.1% in November Business live updates: UK may avoid 2022 recession In normal circumstances the fact that the UK economy eked out a bit of growth in November would be of little relevance, […]

UK economy grew by only 0.1% in November

Figure comes as people began Christmas shopping, while World Cup gave pubs and bars a boost UK may avoid recession but it won’t feel like it for many Business live updates: UK may avoid 2022 recession The UK economy unexpectedly grew by 0.1% in November as consumers headed to the shops in the run-up to […]