The UK is in an official COVID-19 recession after GDP plunged 20.4% in Q2

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  • The United Kingdom has entered a recession for the first time in 11 years due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the economy.
  • Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that from April to June, GDP plunged 20.4%
  • The figures marked a second consecutive quarter of contraction, the technical definition of a recession.
  • The economy began to rebound in June after lockdown restrictions were relaxed, but is still in deep trouble.
  • The neighboring Eurozone is also in recession, which was announced in late July.
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The UK is in an official recession, the country’s statistics authority confirmed on Wednesday.

GDP fell by 20.4% in the second quarter of 2020, the biggest fall on record, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The fall marks the second consecutive quarter of retraction, a widely-used definition of a recession.


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