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Terrible Economic Figures from the UK as Brexit Uncertainty Increases

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read

The UK manufacturing and GDP report were released today and with this round of data, we close 2018. There’s not much to say about it – it was yet another terrible round of economic data from Britain, probably the worst in quite some time, but you’d expect that considering the increased uncertainty coming from Brexit. Although official estimates were too optimistic which was a bit surprising, here we go now, everything has missed expectations. Here is the table with all the figures:

UK Economic DataActualExpectedPrevious
GDP December-0.4%0.0%0.2%
GDP Q40.2%0.3%0.6%
Trade Balance-£12.1B-£11.9B-£12.4B
Non-EU Trade Balance-$3.6b-£3.8B-$4.2B
Manufacturing Production December-0.7%0.2%-0.1%
Manufacturing Production YoY-2.1%-1.1%-1.2%
Industrial production December-0.5%0.1%-0.3%
Industrial production YoY-0.9%-0.5%-1.3%
Construction Output December -2.8%0.1%0.1%
Construction Output YoY -2.4%1.5%1.8%
Total Business Investment Q4 -1.4%-1.0%
Private Consumption0.4%0.3%
Gross fixed capital formation-0.5%-0.1%

As you can see, this table doesn’t need explanation since almost all actual numbers are in red. Construction output, the industrial production and the manufacturing production have all taken a major hit. The GDP is also contracting as the number from December shows, although it still grew in Q4.

The increase in private consumption was a bit of a surprise. But, that doesn’t change the bigger picture as the UK economy goes down the sink. Private consumption will suffer in the coming months if the economy continues in this path. The GBP is around 30 pips lower. Such horrible reports should have sent it tumbling 200-300 pips lower, but everyone is waiting for Brexit. Horrible reports, no words do it justice.

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Skerdian Meta // Lead Analyst
Skerdian Meta Lead Analyst. Skerdian is a professional Forex trader and a market analyst. He has been actively engaged in market analysis for the past 11 years. Before becoming our head analyst, Skerdian served as a trader and market analyst in Saxo Bank's local branch, Aksioner. Skerdian specialized in experimenting with developing models and hands-on trading. Skerdian has a masters degree in finance and investment.
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