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Economics / UK Economy Nov 05, 2008 - 12:44 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Economics The UK economy battered and bruised by the fallout from the financial crisis as bankrupt banks sought a huge £500 billion bailout form the UK tax payer, was further hit today by the continuing contraction of Britain's industrial base as UK factory production continued to fall by 0.8% for a seven straight month, which acts as further confirmation of an imminent deep recession. The slump in sterling of 25% has been voiced as a boost to Britain's export sector, however clearly this is not happening as the already diminished industrial sector continues to shrink and therefore even if the crash in sterling does boost exports, the impact on the overall economy is expected to be muted as the industrial export sector has shrunk to less than 4% of the economy, whilst the huge financial services sector in terms of % of GDP continues to implode.


The Bank of England is widely expected to cut interest rates at tomorrows MPC meeting following the Government ordering the BOE to abandon the targeting of inflation which stands well above the 3% limit, at currently 5.2%. Today's economic data only deepens the likely hood of the bank announcing a far bigger cut than the expected 0.5% as I voiced as a strong probability in Sundays article - Credit Quake Persists Ahead of UK Interest Rate Cut of 1%?

The existing Market Oracle forecast made prior to Octobers 0.5% cut, was that UK interest rates would fall by 0.5% at Octobers meeting, with a further cut of 0.5% at Novembers meeting and a continuing down trend to 3.25% by September 2009. However the forecast was made at a time when the Bank of England was firmly in charge of interest rates, which now suggests that rate cuts could go as low as 2% due the the repeated failure of the LIBOR interbank market to unfreeze as the below graphs illustrate.

Current scheduled forecasts are for for UK inflation, GDP and the much in demand UK house prices following the crash of 2008. Subscribe to our always free newsletter to get the scheduled analysis in your inbox on the day of publication.

By Nadeem Walayat
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Comments

Tim
28 Aug 09, 20:46
An idea that could help some people

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Since so many are talking about being more creative during this economic slump, why not think outside the box a bit? Here's what I mean.

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