UK economic growth picks up
March 12, 2014 - 12:28:05 am
LONDON: Britain’s economic growth quickened slightly in the three months to the end of February and is on course to recover its pre-recession peak over the course of this year.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said Britain’s economy likely grew by 0.8 percent in the three months to the end of February, compared with 0.7 percent in the three months to the end of January.
That implies Britain’s economy is now only less than 1 percent below its pre-recession peak in January 2008, NIESR said — although that is still a worse situation than almost all of Britain’s major economic peers.
Britain’s recovery to date has been driven by household spending and a revival in the property market, and the Bank of England wants to see more exports and business investment driving growth this year.