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15 Aug 2022 UK Monitor Q2 GDP Withstood the Government Spending and Jubilee Drags Well

Q2 GDP would have held steady without the Jubilee and risen by 0.9% q/q if Covid spending hadn't plunged.

The 0.2% q/q drop in households' real expenditure was a good result, given the massive fall in real incomes.

A recession isn't inevitable, provided fiscal support is increased substantially and households draw on savings.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

8 Aug 2022 UK Monitor Jubilee-Linked Drop in June GDP to Obscure the Economy's Pulse

We think that GDP dropped by 1.6% month-to-month in June, almost entirely due to the extra public holiday.

GDP fell by 2.2% in 2002 and 1.7% in 2012; changes in the economy's composition since then won't help much.

Our forecast implies GDP fell by 0.3% q/q in Q2, but this probably won't mark the start of a recession.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

5 Aug 2022 UK Monitor The MPC's New Forecasts Challenge Markets' View of Much Higher Rates

The MPC's forecasts signal clearly that markets' medium-term expectations for Bank Rate are too high.

But concerns about persistence in domestic price setting, and looser fiscal policy, will spur further hikes.

We now expect the MPC to raise Bank Rate to 2.00% in September and 2.25% in November, and then to pause.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

2 Aug 2022 UK Monitor Forecast Review: Fiscal Policy and Lower Saving Likely to Avert Recession

We have revised up our forecast for Q4 CPI inflation by 1.0pp since early July; energy prices have surged again.

But we have revised down our forecast for the level of GDP by only 0.5pp in Q4; fiscal policy will respond.

People also have shown more willingness to deplete savings; we still expect a recession to be narrowly avoided.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

28 July 2022 UK Monitor Is Britain Really Faring Better than Other Advanced Economies?

The U.K. composite PMI in July was above the 50.0 mark, in contrast to the U.S. and the Eurozone.

We think that this strength can be largely explained by the small manufacturing sector and recent fiscal policy.

Ofgem's energy price cap will rise by a further 23% in April, if the recent surge in wholesale prices is sustained.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

25 July 2022 UK Monitor PMI Data Imply no Need for the MPC to act "Forcefully" Next Week

PMI data for July show that the recovery in GDP has nearly ground to a halt and inventory is piling up.

Employment growth slowed to a 15-month low, while the pace of input and output price rises eased materially.

On balance, the latest data imply the MPC won't act "forcefully"; market pricing for August is still too high.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

22 July 2022 UK Monitor A Balanced Current Budget won't be Seen Again if Ms. Truss Becomes PM

Accrued debt interest looks set to top the OBR’s forecast by £21B this year, and £15B in the medium term...

...This leaves insufficient headroom for Ms. Truss to de- liver her tax cuts and still run a balanced current budget.

Labour supply has not been hit by April’s increase in NI contributions; reversing it won't be self-funding.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

19 July 2022 The MPC Won't be Distracted by Tax Cut Proposals for Now

The tax cut plans of Tory leadership contenders should be treated with a pinch of salt, given past experience.

Tax cuts won't lift GDP, if they are financed partially by spending reductions; the latter have a higher multiplier.

We doubt that even Ms. Truss would take away the BoE's independence.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

14 July 2022 We Still Expect a Contraction in GDP in Q2, Despite the Sharp Rise in May

May’s rise in GDP was driven by a surge in doctor appointments-

really-and a jump in manufacturing output.

Consumer services firms struggled and will remain under pressure as households’ real incomes fell further.

June’s extra bank holiday also will dampen Q2 GDP, we expect a quarter-on-quarter contraction of 0.3%.

Gabriella DickensU.K.

12 July 2022 Business Investment Still Looks Set to Rise, Reducing Recession Risks

Business investment fell in Q1, partly due to supply disruption preventing orders being fulfilled.

But supply shortages are easing, and with Brexit and Covid uncertainty dissipating, capex should rebound.

A renewed rebound in business investment will support GDP growth in the second half of the year.

Gabriella DickensU.K.

11 July 2022 GDP Likely Failed to Rebound in May after April's Drop

We think GDP held steady in May, setting up a much larger quarterly drop in Q2 than the MPC expects.

The ONS will adjust for the extra working day due to the movement of the usual late May public holiday to June.

Momentum in business services likely was offset by falls in output in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

7 July 2022 Medium-term Economic Prospects could be Brighter with a New PM

The potential medium-term gains might make the nearterm stasis caused by a new Tory leader contest worth it.

A more pragmatic approach to E.U. relations would lift exports and capex; supply-side reforms are overdue.

A snap election isn't likely, given the big majority a new leader would inherit and the poor economic backdrop.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

1 July 2022 Most of Q1's Increase in GDP Likely was Reversed in Q2

The first quarter’s rise in GDP has brittle foundations; households have had to retrench in Q2.

The support to GDP growth from restocking will fade; firms now have enough inventory to meet demand.

A recession, however, isn’t likely; households’ real dis- posable incomes will rise in Q3, and capex will recover.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

27 June 2022 The Nadir in Retail Sales is Near, but Growth will be Lacklustre in H2

Retail sales volumes continued to decline in May in response to rapidly rising prices. 

Consumer confidence deteriorated further in June, but retail sales should start to recover slowly soon... 

Real disposable incomes will rise in Q3, thanks to Mr. Sunak’s grants; dis-saving and borrowing will help too. 

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

24 June 2022 June's Stable PMI Provides Little Reassurance on Q2 GDP

The composite PMI held steady at 53.1 in June, but it has been misleadingly upbeat in recent months.

It excludes the retail and public sectors, both of which will drag on quarter-on-quarter GDP growth in Q2.

We still forecast a 0.7% q/q drop in Q2 GDP, and only a 25bp increase in Bank Rate in August.

Gabriella DickensU.K.

22 June 2022 New Estimates of the Distribution of Households' "Excess Savings"

Estimates of the distribution of savings can be derived by reconciling data from a few ONS surveys.

Our calculations suggest households in the top 10% of the income distribution hold 25% of the excess savings.

The current wave of rail strikes do not meaningfully increase the risk of a recession this year.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

14 June 2022 GDP Set to Contract by about 0.7% Q/Q in Q2, after April's Weak Print

April's fall in GDP was driven by Covid spending, but flat private sector GDP caused the downside surprise.

Consumer services firms likely increasingly struggled during Q2, as households' real incomes fell further.

June's extra bank holiday also will dampen Q2 GDP; the MPC has to lower its forecast for 0.1% q/q growth.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

UK Datanote: U.K. GDP, April

  • In one line: On course for a sharp contraction in Q2, which will force the MPC to pause its tightening cycle soon.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

9 June 2022 Only Modest Permanent Tax Cuts are Possible Within the Fiscal Rules

The OBR’s March forecasts suggest tax cuts equal to 1.0% of GDP are permissible under the fiscal rules.

But since then, the Treasury’s borrowing costs have risen, reducing scope for tax cuts to 0.7% of GDP.

The Tories will be reluctant to ditch the rules, as this would inhibit their ability to criticise Labour’s plans.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

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