UK economy shrinks more than predicted

22nd December 2022 | Jack Oliver

The UK economy has shrunk at a rate higher than expected, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

UK GDP is estimated to have fallen by 0.3% in the third quarter (July to September) of 2022, revised from an initial downward estimate of 0.2%.

ONS figures also revealed a level of GDP in the third quarter estimated to be 0.8% below pre-Pandemic levels, downwardly revised from the previous figure of 0.4% below.

Real households’ disposable income (RHDI) fell by 0.5% this quarter, a fourth consecutive period of negative growth.

The economy has been hard-hit by rising inflation and soaring energy bills, partly as a result from the war in Ukraine, leading to lower consumer spending and reduced amounts of borrowing.

As a result, lower consumer confidence has led to poor sales periods for many businesses.

While the services sector grew by 0.1%, the production and construction sectors saw falls of 2.5% and 0.2% respectively.


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