UK GDP beats expectations because it grows 0.1% in Nov

The UK economic system unexpectedly grew by 0.1% in November because the World Cup helped increase restaurant and pub gross sales, in line with the newest knowledge from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS).

It comes as analysts had predicted a fall of 0.3% for the month and has raised hopes that the UK might keep away from falling right into a recession.

The companies sector grew by 0.2% in November 2022, after progress of 0.7% in October 2022 with the biggest contributions coming from administrative and help service actions and data and communication.

Output in consumer-facing companies grew by 0.4% in November 2022, following progress of 1.5% in October 2022. The biggest contribution to progress got here from meals and beverage service actions in a month the place the FIFA World Cup began.

In the meantime, the ONS revealed manufacturing output decreased by 0.2% in November 2022, after a fall of 0.1% in October 2022; manufacturing was the principle driver of destructive manufacturing progress in November 2022, partially offset by a constructive contribution from mining and quarrying.

The development sector was additionally flat in November 2022 after progress of 0.4% in October 2022.

ONS director of Financial Statistics Darren Morgan stated: “The economic system grew slightly in November with will increase in telecommunications and pc programming serving to to push the economic system ahead. Pubs and bars additionally did nicely as folks went out to look at World Cup video games.

“This was partially offset by additional falls in some manufacturing industries, together with the often-erratic pharmaceutical trade, in addition to falls in transport and postal, partially as a result of influence of strikes.”

He added: “Over the past three months, nevertheless, the economic system nonetheless shrank – primarily as a result of influence of the additional Financial institution Vacation for the Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in September.”