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Tom Phillips

Prospect of triple dip recession must not provoke snap reaction

Authors: Tom Phillips Charles Levy

25 January 2013

Commenting on today’s GDP figures, Charles Levy, senior economist at The Work Foundation, said:

“Following three years of a flat economy, today’s GDP figures confirm that our economy is again contracting, raising the prospect of a triple dip recession. 2012 saw considerable improvements in the labour market, with over half a million new jobs created, though many part-time. However, without growth even this improvement will be hard to sustain.

“Figures were pulled down by one-off events and an extended maintenance period for North Sea oil and gas extraction. Nevertheless, the poor performance of the manufacturing sector should be a real cause for concern. These numbers will increase the pressure on the Coalition government to increase support for the economy ahead of the March budget.

“However, rather than advance knee-jerk reactions or short-term injections, the government must pursue a broad structural reform agenda that can provide more convincing support for investment and innovation to drive long-term growth. Further targeted investments in emerging technologies and in leadership skills for SMEs could help to unlock the assets that our economy already possesses.”


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