UK economy rebounds ahead of war in Ukraine Business


There is a hint of positivity in the latest data released this morning, with official figures showing the UK economy rebounding 0.8% in January.

It’s a bigger increase than expected, with activity coming back to life as omicron fears subsided. This means the economy is now 0.8% larger than its pre-pandemic peak.

The figures reflect a strong recovery from December, when a rise in omicron cases took its toll, while February is also expected to show further growth.

There will be little joy among investors, however. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the wider geopolitical fallout have upended global growth expectations, with an even bigger spike in energy prices and a cost-of-living crisis on the horizon.

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What happened overnight

Stocks fell on Friday in Asia as uncertainty surrounding the war in Ukraine and continued high inflation maintained their grip on markets.

Hong Kong fell 3.2% and Tokyo 2.6%.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index lost 660 points to 25,032.61 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 667 points to 20,222.79.

The Shanghai Composite Index lost 2.2% to 3,224.92 after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the country’s No. 2, said the government hoped to create up to 13 million new jobs this year while trying to reverse a painful economic downturn.

The Kospi in Seoul fell 1.1% to 2,651.22. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.7pc to 7,079.10. India gained 0.2 pc but the other regional markets fell.

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  • Business : Berkeley (commercial statement)
  • Economy: GDP, industrial production, manufacturing production (UK); consumer price index (Germany); Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (WE)

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This notice was published: 2022-03-11 07:27:51

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