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17 Jan 2022 The Recovery is Over; Now Comes the Hard Part

  • GDP surpassed its pre-Covid level in November, albeit with support from some unsustainable sources.
  • Omicron has temporarily set the economy back, but GDP should return to November's level by March.
  • Thereafter, however, GDP growth likely will be slow, due to the squeeze on households' disposable incomes.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

7 Jan 2022 Timely Indicators are Consistent with a Drop in GDP in December

  • Near-real-time indicators are broadly consistent with our forecast that GDP fell by 0.6% m/m in December.
  • OpenTable/CHAPS data signal weak pre-Christmas trading for hospitality; transport usage dipped too.
  • Omicron cases, however, should fall substantially by February, enabling GDP to begin rising again.

Gabriella DickensU.K.

4 Jan 2022 Forecast Review: Q1 GDP to be no Higher than in Q4, due to Omicron

  • Consumer caution in response to Omicron points to a near-1% fall in GDP between November and January.
  • Surging energy prices have forced us to revise up our forecast for this year's peak rate of CPI inflation to 6.0%.
  • The MPC, however, likely will wait until March to hike rates again, given the large hit to activity from Omicron

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

December 2021 - U.K. Economic Chartbook*

  • The Economy Needs Breathing Space To Get Over Omicron....The MPC Likely Will Wait Until May To Hike Bank Rates Again

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

20 Dec 2021 A 1% Hit to GDP From Omicron is the Best Case Scenario

  • Omicron cases have leapt, but little still is known about the hospitalisation rate; new curbs aren't inevitable.
  • Even with no new restrictions and low Omicron severity, GDP likely will be 1% lower in January than in November.
  • Expect a 2% hit to GDP from a return to "Step Two" rules, and a 6% hit if a full lockdown is imposed.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

17 Dec 2021 The MPC will Give the Economy Breathing Space Before Hiking Again

Markets now expect the MPC to hike Bank Rate to 0.50% in February, following today's surprise hike.

Most members, however, thought the decision was "finely balanced" and see a "modest" tightening ahead.

Omicron won't just have short-term effects if the MPC hikes again and pushes firms over the edge.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

13 Dec 2021 The Recovery was Fading Even Before Omicron Emerged

  • October's mere 0.1% m/m increase in GDP shows the recovery had little momentum before Omicron.
  • GDP was near its pre-Covid level only due to surging health activities; private sector GDP was 2.4% adrift.
  • A pullback in consumer services spending will depress GDP over the winter; no rate hike before March.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

10 Dec 2021 Omicron Damage Likely to Delay the First MPC Rate Hike Until March

  • The MPC likely will hold back from raising Bank Rate next week, despite several upside data surprises.
  • We are cutting our forecast for quarter-on-quarter GDP growth in Q1 to 0.3%, from 0.8%, due to Omicron.
  • The Covid situation won't be better in early February; the March meeting is a better bet for the first rate hike.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

3 Dec 2021 If Omicron Were Vaccine-Resistant, What Would the MPC do Next?

  • The MPC would ease monetary policy again in the unlikely event that another lockdown is imposed.
  • Fiscal policy would be less supportive than in previous lockdowns; new curbs would dampen inflation.
  • Negative rates are in the toolkit and are preferred to more QE; Bank Rate likely would be cut to -0.25%.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

1 Dec 2021 Near-Real-Time Data Already Show a Small Hit to Activity from Omicron

  • The recent measures implemented by the government will have limited direct impact on the economy...
  • ...But near-real-time data already show consumers are pulling back a bit in response to the new variant.
  • A "lockdown lite" set of restrictions could subtract 1.5% from Q1 GDP; expect a 6% hit with a full lockdown.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

29 Nov 2021 Forecast Review: MPC Caught Between Higher Inflation and Omicron

  • Recent activity data have surprised to the upside, but the Omicron variant casts a shadow over Q1.
  • The near-term path for inflation looks much higher than a month ago, after October's above-consensus data.
  • The MPC likely will hike Bank Rate in December, but markets' expected 2022 rate path looks far too steep.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

November 2021 - U.K. Economic Chartbook*

  • A December Rate Hike Now Looks Likely...But The 2022 Rate Path Antipicated By Markets Is Too Steep

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

10 Nov 2021 Political Risks Likely will Re-Emerge as a Drag on Sterling Next Year

  • The Conservatives' poll lead has virtually disappeared; we doubt it will re-emerge next year.
  • Higher inflation and rising interest rates will keep consumers' confidence weak.
  • A hung parliament would bring to the fore Brexit and Scottish independence risks again, weakening sterling.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

28 Oct 2021 A Budget with an Eye on the Next Election, not Near-Term Popularity

  • The Chancellor spent only about half of the windfall stemming from the OBR's rosier economic forecasts...
  • ...In order to build scope to cut taxes before the next election, while still meeting his new fiscal targets.
  • The OBR's new GDP forecasts are too upbeat, while its debt interest forecast is too low, but this won't matter.

Samuel Tombs and Gabriella DickensU.K.

October 2021 - U.K. Economic Chartbook*

  • The MPC Can Hike Gradually, Given The Slowing Recovery....And Continued Weakness In Domestically-Generated Inflation

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

14 Oct 2021 Recovery Sluggish Even Prior to the Withdrawal of Fiscal Support

  • August's 0.4% m/m rise in GDP sets it up for a 1.5% q/q rise in Q3, below the 2.1% expected by the MPC.
  • Health sector output probably rebounded in September, but the "staycationing" boost likely faded.
  • We're lowering our Q4 GDP forecast to 1.0% q/q, from 1.2%; fiscal, fuel and energy headwinds are strong.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

12 Oct 2021 How Much Weight will the MPC Place on Inflation Expectations?

  • Markets see a 50% chance of the MPC hiking Bank Rate next month; December viewed as a done deal.
  • November still seems too early; the MPC saw "a high option value" in waiting for post-furlough jobs data.
  • Inflation expectations exceed the rate implied by current inflation, but this residual isn't a reliable wage signal.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

4 Oct 2021 Forecast Review: One Rate Hike in 2022 Now Looks Likely

  • We have lowered our forecast for Q4 GDP, due to the impaired supply of fuel and industrial inputs.
  • Surging energy prices have forced us to hike our forecast for CPI inflation in 2022 to 3.4%, from 2.5%.
  • We now expect the Committee to hike Bank Rate in Q2 2022, but we don't buy investors' hawkish view.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

28 Sept 2021 Look to the Services Sector for the Adverse Impact of Fuel Shortages

  • Panic-buying of fuel likely will fade soon; no sign yet of shortage fears spreading to food or other goods...
  • ...But for a period, people likely will reduce trips to purchase non-essential goods and services.
  • The silver lining, however, has been a softening of the government's visa policies; probably more to come.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

27 Sept 2021 Survey Data Continue to Point to Sluggish GDP Growth in Q3

  • The fall in the composite PMI in September chimes with other data suggesting growth was sluggish in Q3.
  • Survey data also suggest the number of furloughed workers has fallen only marginally in recent weeks.
  • GDP growth will disappoint the BoE's expectations in Q3 and Q4, making a rate hike in Q1 2022 unlikely.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

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