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One off events affect economic growth

One off events affect economic growth

Category: Economy

Updated: 15/06/2017
First Published: 26/07/2011

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One off events affected the UK economy in the second quarter of the year, as growth slumped to 0.2%.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Gross Domestic Product fell from the 0.5% figure in the first three months of the year.

There was a number of events in the second quarter of the year which had an impact on the UK economy.

They included back-to-back bank holidays, the Royal Wedding, the first phase of Olympic ticket sales and the fall-out from the tsunami in Japan .

Without the effects of the events, the ONS said the economy would have grown by 0.5%.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said that the figure fell slightly below its 0.3% prediction but it believed the UK economy was still on course for recovery.

"Fears of a double dip recession are not justified," insisted David Kerns, chief economist at the BCC.

"Special factors, such as the Royal Wedding and temporary falls in oil and gas output, account for the weak growth in the second quarter.

"Based on these figures, we believe the Government is right to persevere with its deficit cutting measures aimed at stabilising our public finances. There is no need to consider changes in fiscal policy or talk about the need for a Plan B."

But the Trade Union Congress has hit out at the Government, saying that its campaign of cuts is not working.

"It's hurting, but it isn't working. Ministers told us that deep rapid cuts would get the economy back on course and leave the private sector room to grow," said TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

"But the treatment has turned out to be worse than the disease, and with the government borrowing more last month than they did a year ago they are not even tackling the deficit effectively."

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