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UK economy growth to slow in 2011 - Chambers of Commerce

5 December 2010 Last updated at 00:46

The economy will grow by less than expected next year, but growth in 2012 will be better than predicted, the British Chambers of Commerce forecasts.

:lol::lol: and :lol:

It downgraded its forecast for the UK's GDP growth in 2011 from the 2.2% it predicted in September to 1.9% now.

The BCC blamed the eurozone debt crisis, austerity cuts, weak housing market and VAT rise from 17.5% to 20%.

The Office for Budget Responsibility recently downgraded its 2011 growth forecast from 2.3% to 2.1%.

The BCC was even more bearish, suggesting year-on-year growth will slow from 3% in the final quarter of 2010 to 1.4% in the second half of next year.

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But it said the economy was sufficiently robust to avoid slipping back into recession - and was more upbeat moving forward because of private sector growth.

It upgraded its GDP growth forecasts for 2012 from 1.8% to 2.1% - but that was still significantly lower than the OBR's 2.6% estimate.

The BCC, which represents hundreds of small businesses, also reduced its unemployment forecast for the second half of 2012, estimating the number of people out of work to fall by 50,000 to 2.6 million.

Inflation, meanwhile, would remain above 3% for the whole of 2011, it added.

BCC director general David Frost said: "British business is willing and able to drive the recovery, but it can only do so if the government will back its words with deeds.

"The government must avoid at all costs new business taxes and measures that damage initiative, enterprise and innovation."

He predicted the Bank of England will keep interest rates on hold at 0.5% next week, and will continue to hold them at historically low levels until at least the second half of 2011.

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I just saw this story reported on the bbc news, and when the presenter read the "slower growth" part, they showed pictures taken inside the shops, but when they got to the ........"but growth in 2012 will be better than predicted,", they flashed onto a picture of a row of houses with "For Sale" boards.

Use of the power of suggeston, that all be well in the housing market there, I reckon. :rolleyes:

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they flashed onto a picture of a row of houses with "For Sale" boards.

The message they want to get across is that as soon as houses are sold for their '(f)rightful' prices, the economy will grow.

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Good to see the BCC are nice and impartial:

BCC director general David Frost said: "British business is willing and able to drive the recovery, but it can only do so if the government will back its words with deeds.

"The government must avoid at all costs new business taxes and measures that damage initiative, enterprise and innovation."

Nice of them to come up with a prediction to support the interests of their members and very surprising....

The real question is why the BBC or anyone else published data that is obviously manipulated to meet the aims of the interest group that releases it.

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