UK economy recovery slows in August

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Britain’s economy partially recovered in August, with a marginal growth of 0.2% following a sharp fall in July.

This slow growth has fuelled expectations that the Bank of England’s (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee will vote to maintain its base interest rate at 5.25% next month.

The BoE halted its run of interest rate increases in September following signs of a slowdown.

Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund predicted that Britain would be the slowest-growing G7 nation in 2024.

While the UK is not currently in recession, weak growth has been a concern, and the economy is likely to be a key issue in next year’s election.

The Office for National Statistics said the economy needed to grow 0.2% in September to avoid reducing in the third quarter of 2023.

Commenting on August’s GDP figures, David Bharier, head of research at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The UK economy is holding up but remains in a precarious state.

“Our research is clear about the issues UK firms are facing — three years of economic shocks, high inflation and interest rates, skills shortages, and trade barriers with the European Union.”

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