UK economy experiences shock contraction in April

GDP fell by 0.3%

Elliot Gulliver-Needham
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The UK economy is now only 0.9% larger than before the first coronavirus lockdown in Spring 2020
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The UK economy is now only 0.9% larger than before the first coronavirus lockdown in Spring 2020

UK GDP shrank by 0.3% in April, coming in below expectations amid fears of an impending recession, according to data released today by the Office for National Statistics

April was the first month that all main sectors (manufacturing, construction and services) have contributed negatively to GDP since January 2021. The drop in GDP was mainly triggered by the decline of the NHS Test and Trace program, which fell by 70% in April as tests stopped being free of charge, helping GDP to drop by 0.4%. April's decline, along with weak GDP recovery in preceding months, means that the UK economy is now only 0.9% larger than before the first coronavirus lockdown in Spring 2020. Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said: "Manufacturing also...

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