By John Smith •
Published: 12 Feb 2021 • 11:49
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has to hope for a Spring turnaround
Credit: Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street
LATEST figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the British economy showed a downturn of a record 9.9 per cent in 2020.
In this report, it was revealed that the current decline in the economy was the largest annual fall in UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on record and was mainly due to the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
After a very poor November with GDP shrinking 2.3 per cent, as more businesses were allowed to open in December and with online purchases for Christmas, the economy grew by 1.2 per cent.
The ONS says that it is very difficult to accurately forecast likely quarterly results for 2021 until it becomes clear that the pandemic is abating and therefore business can return to a semblance of normality.
In addition, there is an ongoing uncertainty of how Brexit will affect the economy which depends upon the speed in which trade agreements are reached, especially with the European Union where there is still much to be decided.
The general opinion appears to be that the British economy will continue to languish until Spring but will then be likely to see a resurgence, especially if vaccinations continue at reasonable speed.
In comparison, the Spanish economy has seen a worse contraction in GDP but can look forward to growth as and when it receives funds from the EU Recovery Programme.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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