UK economy suffers biggest drop since 1709

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LONDON: The British economy suffered its biggest decline in additional than 300 years in 2020 because the coronavirus pandemic closed outlets and eating places, devastated the journey trade and curtailed manufacturing.

The economy shrank 9.9 per cent final yr, greater than twice the determine for 2009 on the peak of the worldwide monetary disaster, the Office for National Statistics mentioned Friday. The drop is the biggest since 1709, when a chilly spell generally known as the Great Frost devastated what was then a largely agricultural economy.

The knowledge comes as Britain’s economy stays shackled by restrictions designed to fight COVID-19. A rebound in progress in the course of the fourth quarter has been stifled by England’s third lockdown, which has closed faculties, eating places and non-essential outlets since mid-December. Tough restrictions additionally stay in place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

“Today’s figures show that the economy has experienced a serious shock as a result of the pandemic, which has been felt by countries around the world,” the UK’s prime treasury official, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, mentioned in a press release.

“While there are some positive signs of the economy’s resilience over the winter, we know that the current lockdown continues to have a significant impact on many people and businesses.”

Sunak mentioned he would announce new plans to guard jobs and bolster the economy when he delivers his annual price range assertion to the House of Commons on March 3.

COVID-19 has hit Britain’s economy more durable than most different industrialised democracies. French GDP shrank 8.3 per cent final yr, Germany 5 per cent and the US 3.5 per cent.

The GDP figures present the breadth of the pandemic’s financial impression in Britain.

The service sector, which accounts for about 80 per cent of the UK economy, shrank 8.9 per cent final yr, with output from lodging, meals and beverage companies down greater than 55 per cent from February ranges. Manufacturing fell 8.6 per cent and building 12.5 per cent.

In hopes of enjoyable the restrictions which have devastated the economy, the UK has moved to quickly vaccinate its most weak residents. More than 13.5 million individuals, or about 20 per cent of the inhabitants, had obtained at the very least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Wednesday.

Andy Haldane, chief economist for the Bank of England, mentioned the vaccination drive helps Britain flip a nook in its battle in opposition to the virus. Lifting COVID-19 restrictions is prone to unleash a wave of spending by shoppers and companies that can set off a speedy restoration later this yr, he mentioned.

“A decisive corner is about to be turned for the economy, too, with enormous amounts of pent-up financial energy waiting to be released, like a coiled spring,” Haldane wrote within the Daily Mail.

But that optimism comes in opposition to the backdrop of Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with greater than 115,000 deaths recorded to this point.

“These figures confirm that not only has the UK had the worst death toll in Europe, we’re experiencing the worst economic crisis of any major economy,” mentioned Anneliese Dodds, the opposition Labour Party’s spokesperson on financial points.

“Businesses can’t wait any longer. The Chancellor needs to come forward now with a plan to secure the economy in the months ahead, with support going hand-in-hand with health restrictions.”

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