UK economy to shrink in 2023: IMF

Wednesday 01st February 2023 05:10 EST

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that UK economy will shrink and perform worse than other advanced economies as the cost of living continues to hit households.

The IMF said the economy will contract by 0.6% in 2023, rather than grow slightly as previously predicted. However, the IMF also said that after the Autumn Statement it thinks the UK economy is now "on the right track".

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said the UK outperformed many forecasts last year.

In its World Economic Outlook update, the IMF, which works to stabilise economic growth, said the UK's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would shrink rather than grow by 0.3% this year. It predicted the UK would be the only country - across the world's advanced and emerging economies - to suffer a year of declining GDP.

The IMF said its new forecast reflected the UK's high energy prices and financial conditions, such as high inflation. IMF Chief Economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas said that for 2022, the UK had had "fairly robust" growth at 4.1%, which he said was "one of the strongest growth numbers in Europe. But it is true that we are forecasting a sharp slowdown in 2023, with growth that would turn even negative for the year."

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