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February 2020

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Britain’s Productivity Is Growing at Pre-Industrial Revolution Rates

What they found is that the last decade was the worst in terms of growth for 250 years. In fact, it was twice as poor in terms of efficiency gains as the previous poorest decade, which came in the years between 1971 and 1981.

The research looked at the economic output achieved by British workers during an hour of working time. What they found is that the growth rate is as low as it was in the days before steam engines powered our factories. 

The UK Recorded Zero Growth at End of 2019

The British economy ended 2019 on a weak note, as no growth was seen in the last quarter of the year. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a slowing down in several different industries.

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The country’s manufacturing sector suffered its third contraction in consecutive quarters. The car industry was also noteworthy in terms of its poor contribution to the national economy.

Even the traditionally strong services sector slowed down towards the end of the year, with the election possibly being the cause of this.

Retail Sales in the UK Bounce Back

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that retail sales in the UK started 2020 strongly. January gave the industry a much-needed boost following on from the worst year on record in 2019.

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The improvement seen in January was a healthy 0.9% when compared to the month before. This followed on from two successive months of falls, with December showing a drop of 0.6%. In addition, this was the biggest monthly increase since March last year.