UK Growth and Inflation News

The UK economy is still very much hanging in the balance between going up and going down IMHO. The latest BoE growth estimates, coupled with not especially good employment numbers, and indications that inflation may be coming down (and hence interest rates may follow) has caused a noteable pressure on the pound sterling. BoE governor Mervyn King has put it like this: there are “substantial risks” both to the outlook for inflation and growth. The risks are “broadly balanced” so that the eventual outturn is ” just as likely to be stronger or weaker than the forecast”.

Inflation in the UK has fallen for the first time in more than a year, increasing the chance that the next move in interest rates will be down. The annual consumer price index, which is the Bank of England’s target measure, fell from 2.5 per cent in September to a weaker-than-expected 2.3 per cent in October, according to official figures.
Source: Financial Times

Unemployment in the UK continued to rise in October, but there was little evidence of inflationary pressure on pay as the growth in average earnings and bonuses fell slightly, according to official figures published on Wednesday. The claimant count, which measures unemployment as those out of work and claiming benefit, increased by 12,100 to 890,100 in October, the ninth consecutive month it has nudged higher.
Source: Financial Times

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Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".