Does the UK now have a two speed economy with banks growing but factories slowing?

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Does the UK now have a two speed economy with banks growing but factories slowing?

Post by sassy on Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:04 am

George Osborne has been slammed for claiming the economy is “motoring”

Chancellor George Osborne boast the economy was "motoring" after figures showed gross domestic product – the value of everything the country produces – grew 0.7% in the three months to June, making up for a weak 0.4% growth in the first quarter.

But it means GDP per head, a measure of the nation’s wealth on an individual basis, is only just getting close to pre-recession levels after seven long years.

Osborne , visiting a motorcycle factory in the Midlands, said: “It’s vital we stay on the road that we’ve set out on.”

But experts warned the UK now has a “two-speed economy”.

The recovery has been driven by the service sector. This accounts for the bulk of the economy, includes everything from banks to restaurants and it grew by 0.7%. But factories struggled as the strong pound hit exports, with manufacturing shrinking by 0.3%, its worst performance since the start of 2013.

Last quarter’s 0.7% growth means the economy expanded 2.6% in the past year.

But Chris Williamson, economist at Markit, said: “Had the UK continued the same trend prior to the financial crisis, the economy would be 10.7% larger than it is.”

Chris Leslie, Labour Shadow Chancellor, said: “UK growth needs to be stronger than this to withstand instability from Europe, China and the world economy.”

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We were told there’d be a march of the makers. Instead manufacturing continues to decline.”

Experts reckon the growth makes an interest rate rise more likely either late this year or early next.

Dickhead inherited a growth rate of 2.4 and that was after the banking collapse and he is boasting out this! Manufacturing has got miles to go before it catches up.

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Re: Does the UK now have a two speed economy with banks growing but factories slowing?

Post by Lone Wolf on Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:38 pm


IT'S probably more of a "three or four speed economy" by now...

MUCH like here in Oz and over in North America..

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