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GDP stronger than post-referendum predictions


Ian Kernohan

26 January 2018

The initial estimate of GDP for the final quarter of 2017 showed quarterly growth picking up to 0.5%.  GDP growth for the year as a whole was 1.8%, very close to the rate for 2016.   
While annual growth is still somewhat below the long-term average for the UK, it is notably stronger than predictions made in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum.  
Manufacturing output has shown a strong recovery, however it is the dominant services sector which remains the main driver of growth in the UK economy.

The initial estimate of GDP for the final quarter of 2017 showed quarterly growth picking up to 0.5%. GDP growth for the year as a whole was 1.8%, very close to the rate for 2016.

While annual growth is still somewhat below the long-term average for the UK, it is notably stronger than predictions made in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum.

Manufacturing output has shown a strong recovery, however it is the dominant services sector which remains the main driver of growth in the UK economy.

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