"There are still hard times ahead" but UK economy grew 15.5% before second lockdown

The UK economy grew by a record 15.5% in the third quarter but remains 8.2% smaller than before the pandemic, official figures show.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed gross domestic product (GDP) bounced back strongly in the July-September period after the pandemic-driven recession in the first half of the year.

But hopes for a so-called “V-shaped recovery” have been dashed after rising coronavirus case numbers prompted the government to announce a second lockdown.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, said: “Today’s figures show that our economy was recovering over the summer, but started to slow going into autumn.

“The steps we’ve had to take since to halt the spread of the virus mean growth has likely slowed further since then.

“But there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic on the health side – including promising news on tests and vaccines.

“There are still hard times ahead, but we will continue to support people through this and ensure nobody is left without hope or opportunity.”


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