IMF says UK economy will bounce back at fastest rate amongst the developed nations

Loading...

In April the body’s economists had predicted 5.3 percent growth. Boris Johnson tweeted: “Good signs that our economy is bouncing back faster than expected.

 

“There are still challenges ahead and we are focused on supporting people through our Plan for Jobs.”

Loading...

Chancellor Rishi Sunak welcomed the “positive signs” but added: “We still face challenges ahead as a result of the impact of the pandemic.”

The UK’s growth this year is likely to be in part because the economy fell so far last year. Of the G7 nations, the UK was the worst hit in 2020, with output dipping 9.8 percent.

Suren Thiru, the head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said that the UK economy’s recovery was underpinned by the successful vaccine rollout.

Loading...

He also said it “is benefiting from the release of pent-up demand as restrictions ease and amid ongoing Government support.

“However, any recovery may lose momentum if persistent staff shortages and supply chain disruption stifle business activity and any rises in Covid cases prompt a renewed reluctance among consumers to interact and spend.

“Beyond the strong short-term outlook, the IMF projects notable longer-term economic damage from the pandemic, including weak investment, which if realised may drive an uneven recovery across different places, sectors and groups of people”.

Loading...

Rain Newton-Smith, the chief economist at the Confederation of British Industry, said the news was in line with its forecast, predicting the UK economy to be back to its pre-Covid level by the end of the year.

But she added: “Mounting staff shortages due to self-isolation and rising cost pressures pose real challenges to this outlook. It’s now critical we bring forward the August 16 date when those who have been double jabbed no longer need to self-isolate if they test negative once contacted.

“We also need a test and release scheme for those who have not been double jabbed.”

Loading...

She called for a “balanced plan, not just for the next few weeks but also for the next 12 months – one that accomplishes the twin task of keeping our economy open and protecting the public as we live with the virus”.

The IMF’s World Economic Outlook report also highlighted a widening gap between richer and poorer countries.

Chief economist Gita Gopinath said growth prospects for advanced economies this year have improved by 0.5 percent “but this is offset by a downward revision for emerging market and developing economies”.

Loading...

‘We need long-term plan to keep economy open and protect the public from the virus’

Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

Loading...

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.

For all the latest Business News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Loading...

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More