UK GDP report shows how economy performed in March – business live | Business

Deutsche Bank UK economist Sanjay Raja also predicts the UK economy flatlined in March, and could contract in the current quarter (April-June).

Here’s his take the UK GDP report (to be released in around 10 minutes):

We expect Q1-2022 GDP to expand by just under 1% q-o-q. Much of the jump in activity will likely have come from household consumption and private investment (including net acquisitions, dwelling investment, and stocks).

Looking ahead to Q2, we will be watching the March GDP number closely, given the carry over effect into the next quarter. On this front, we expect monthly GDP to have flatlined, with risks tilted to a negative print. We continue to expect a Q2 contraction, with the economy shrinking by 0.2% q-o-q – a call we’ve had for some time now.

For 2022, we continue to see growth printing at 3.8%, though risks to our projection are tilted to the downside, with recession risks likely to remain elevated into Q2-2022.

Introduction: UK GDP report for March and Q1

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A new healthcheck on the UK today will show how the economy has slowed, as the cost of living crisis hits families and threatens to pull the country into recession.

The GDP report for the first quarter of 2022, due at 7am, is expected to show that the economy expanded by a healthy-sounding 1% in Q1, down from 1.3% in the final quarter of 2021.

But most of that growth came in January, as activity picked up strongly after Omicron disruption in December.

Growth slowed to just 0.1% in February, and some economists fear it could have ground to a halt in March, with estimates of 0% growth in March alone.

Michael Hewson of CMC Markets explains:

Index of services is expected to make up most of the expansion, coming in at 0.9%, however if the Bank of England is to be believed this quarter could be as good as it gets this year for the UK economy. Business investment is also expected to improve to 1.9% from 1% in Q4.

On the monthly GDP numbers, we’ve seen a 0.8% expansion in January, and a 0.1% expansion in February. March could well see a contraction, although estimates are for stagnation at 0%, which is still likely to drag the quarterly number down.

UK GDP report to February 2022

Also coming up today

European markets are set to fall around 1%, wiping out Wednesday’s rally, as fears over inflation and rising interest rates keep hitting stocks.

Wall Street had another turbulent session yesterday, finishing lower, with technology stocks continuing to slide.

Higher than expected US inflation dampened hopes that the US Federal Reserve could achieve a ‘soft landing’ as it raises interest rates, with CPI only dipping to 8.3% in April.

Hebe Chen of IG explains:

Inflation in the United States rose at a slower rate in April, but impatient traders were not happy with the pace.

The US CPI print that came out last night was still stronger than the forecast of 8.3% vs 8/2% (y/y), suggesting the price pressure will persist at higher levels for longer even if it’s already peaked.

The Australian sharemarket is trading at an intraday low, with the #ASX200 down 103pts or 1.5% to 6960. The index is ~8.7% below its April peak. Rising inflation, higher interest rates & lockdowns in China are keeping markets under pressure.

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That selloff has seen Apple lose its title as the world’s most valuable company to energy giant Saudi Aramco, which has been boosted by higher oil prices.

On the corporate front, BT, Rolls-Royce, Balfour Beatty and SuperDry are reporting results.

The agenda

  • 7am BST: UK GDP and trade reports for Q1 2022, and March
  • 9am BST: IEA monthly oil market report
  • 9.30am BST: ONS’s latest economic activity survey
  • 1.30pm BST: US PPI survey of producer price inflation
  • 1.30pm BST: US weekly jobless claims report

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