UK recovery set to be slowest in 180 years


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8:45 am - June 1st 2011

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The UK economy is set to experience the slowest pick-up in consumer spending of any post-recession period since 1830, according to a Financial Times analysis of official forecasts.

Given that consumer spending powers the bulk of British economic growth, the impact will be massive.

The FT looked into forecasts by the Office for Budget Responsibility, which projects spending in 2015 to be just 5.4% above the 2008 peak.

But a survey of 18 major recessions since 1830 showed that consumer spending on average recovered to 12% above previous peak within seven years.

At the equivalent stage after recessions in the early 1980s and 1990s, spending was 20 per cent and 15 per cent higher respectively

This will make the current economic recovery the slowest of any comparable post-recession period.

And these are the government’s own projections.

Put simply, they expect this period of relative stagnation to last for over a decade.

The Treasury says they hope stronger export growth and business investment could offset the fall in consumer and government spending.

Exports and business investment?! The chances of export-led growth are virtually nil and business investment has been falling for years.

Thanks to Osborne’s unwillingness to pump money into the economy, we’re screwed. They know it. We know it. Someone tell the media industry.

Update: Some have asked me what Labour (or even I) would have done instead. Answer here: I were the Shadow Chancellor…

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“The chances of export-led growth are virtually nil and business investment has been falling for years.”

This ONS chart plots what has been happening to business investment since 2001:
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=258

And this charts Britain’s current balance of (international) payments since 2005:
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=194

I do wonder whether George Osborne and his special advisers ever look at these charts from the Office of National Statistics.

Sunny, you at least used to put on a different writing style when publishing as newswire…

We are screwed though i agree. I’m just not sure where the growth will come from. I’d give monetary expansion a go, and try and inflate another, any, bubble. But they’re not necessarily good ideas.

there was a clear choice at the last election. labour believed in some cuts ,tories believed in more severe cuts. we’ll see who was right but its not looking good for the tories . the massive cuts will slow down the recovery .

To round off the charts showing where the extra spending is coming from to make up for the cuts in public spending – and the cuts have barely started as yet – try this ONS chart on Consumer spending:
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=11


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