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UK Officially Enters Recession for First Time In 11 Years

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Britain’s economy contracted by a record 20.4 percent in the second quarter with the country in lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Wednesday.

“It is clear that the UK is in the largest recession on record,” the Office for National Statistics said.

Britain officially entered recession in the second quarter after gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 2.2 percent in the first three months of the year.

The technical definition of a recession is two quarterly contractions in a row.

The economy is beginning to rebound, however, as the government eases its lockdown restrictions.

GDP output growth was 8.7 percent in June, the ONS said.

“The economy began to bounce back in June, with shops reopening, factories beginning to ramp up production and house-building continuing to recover,” noted Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician as the statistics office.

“Despite this, GDP in June still remains a sixth below its level in February, before the virus struck.

Overall, productivity saw its largest-ever fall in the second quarter. Hospitality was worst hit, with productivity in that industry falling by three-quarters in recent months,” he added.

Britain’s recession is its first since the 2008 global financial crisis.

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