Cost-of-living crisis: The UK economy sputters

28 July 2022

The UK economy is going sideways as the cost-of-living crisis dents retail volumes—a predictor of GDP—as consumers have little choice but to cut back on purchases of essential categories sharply hit by soaring prices

The financial gulf between high- and low-earning households is being driven by inflation, with a fifth of households now unable to afford essentials

GDP growth in May—achieved through rapid digitisation and pent-up demand for travel and transportation services—masks stalling consumer-facing services. The UK economy is likely to record the most drastic slump of all G7 economies in 2023

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