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UK economy is booming as GDP growth exceeds expectations



The proportion of manufacturers expecting to increase prices has jumped to its highest level since records began in 1975.

The UK economy is poised for accelerated growth this year, with analysts upgrading GDP forecasts following a robust performance in the first quarter, which saw GDP grow by 0.6%, marking the fastest growth in almost three years.

Investment banks and city consultancies have reacted positively to the data, pointing to a brighter economic outlook and greater momentum for recovery.

Deutsche Bank increased its annual growth projection from 0.5% to 0.8%, while Pantheon Macroeconomics and Capital Economics also revised their forecasts upwards from 0.6% to 0.8%. T. Rowe Price’s Tomasz Wieladek is even more optimistic, suggesting growth potential of between 0.8% and 1% this year, exceeding expectations from international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the OECD and the Bank of England.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported upward revisions to old GDP data, indicating continued growth in output per capita, a positive sign for economic recovery. Deutsche Bank’s Sanjay Raja described the recovery as “noisy”, highlighting the economy’s resilience in overcoming a recent technical recession.

Robust performance in the services sector, coupled with stronger-than-expected business investment and nominal consumer spending, contributed to growth in the first quarter. Household consumption is expected to continue rising as inflation declines and real incomes recover, further stimulating economic activity.

Anticipation of possible interest rate cuts by the Bank of England is adding to the positive outlook, with analysts suggesting further stimulus measures could accelerate growth. However, Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor, faces constraints on fiscal policy due to increased market interest rate expectations and uncertainties surrounding the upcoming general election.

Despite these challenges, increased economic growth signals a promising trajectory for the UK economy, supported by resilient consumer spending and a broader sectoral recovery. As the country emerges from recession, there is plenty of optimism about sustainable growth and a return to pre-pandemic levels of economic activity.