UK economy slumps almost 20% in lockdown

UK economy slumps almost 20% in lockdown

  • The economy slumped almost one-fifth and is set for its sharpest decline in annual output for 300 years

Britain’s coronavirus-ravaged economy slumped almost one-fifth during the country’s lockdown and remained set for its sharpest decline in annual output for 300 years, official data showed Tuesday.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said gross domestic product plunged 19.1% in the three months to May “as government restrictions on movement dramatically reduced economic activity.”

The Office for Budget Responsibility, in charge of the government’s economic forecasts, said the “UK is on track to record the largest decline in annual GDP for 300 years,” estimating that the economy could shrink by as much as 14.3% in 2020.

The Bank of England had already forecast that the UK economy could have its sharpest annual contraction in centuries.

GDP output grew 1.8% in May from April as the government began to ease restrictions, particularly boosting construction and manufacturing.