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UK Economy Takes a Deep Dive in March

Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read

The UK economy was rebounding well in the last few month, as of 2019 and the first coupe of months of this year, after a cool off in 2019. But, the coronavirus flu broke out in Europe in March and all the previous efforts to revive the economy went down the sink in the blink of an eye. The economy is showing a major contraction for March, which looks even worse considering that the UK went into shutdown only towards the end of March, so April will be much worse.

UK Q1 Preliminary GDP

  • March monthly GDP -5.8% vs -7.9% m/m expected
  • February stood at -0.1%; revised to -0.2%
  • Q1 UK GDP -2.0%, against -2.6% expected
  • Index of services -6.2% vs -8.0% m/m expected
  • Index of services for February stood at 0.0%

There was a slight delay in the release by the source this morning. The drop isn’t as bad as anticipated but the UK only went into full lockdown on 23 March, so conditions in April and Q2 are going to be much worse than what is reflected here two months ago.

Manufacturing, Industrial Production and Construction Below:

  • Manufacturing production -4.6% vs -6.0% m/m expected
  • February production MoMstood at +0.5%
  • Manufacturing production -9.7% vs -10.5% y/y expected
  • February production YoY stood at -3.9%
  • Industrial production -4.2% vs -5.6% m/m expected
  • February stood at +0.1%
  • Industrial production -8.2% vs -9.1% y/y expected
  • February stood at -2.8%
  • Construction output -5.9% vs -7.6% m/m expected
  • February stood at -1.7%
  • Construction output -7.1% vs -9.2% y/y expected
  • February stood at -2.7%

UK March Visible Trade Balance

  • March visible trade balance -£12.5 billion vs -£10.0 billion expected
  • February stood at -£11.5 billion; revised to -£9.8 billion
  • Non-EU trade balance -£4.9 billion vs -£4.0 billion expected
  • February non-EU trade balance at -£5.6 billion; revised to -£3.9 billion

Comments by UK Transport Minister, Grant Shapps

  • There is no perfect way to start easing lockdown measures
  • Hopes that people will use common sense

Yup, with the UK only having gone into strict lockdown on 23 March, economic conditions in April and Q2 will be much worse – especially since the start of Q1 was also slightly boosted by election sentiment following Boris Johnson’s victory. As for easing lockdown measures, hoping for common sense from the masses never tends to work out too well. All it takes is one bad apple to ruin the whole bunch. But let’s see.

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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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