Mixed news on the UK growth outlook
A strong outturn for November took the output measure of GDP above its pre-pandemic peak. Given GDP is likely to have fallen in December, the quarterly version probably didn’t pass this landmark in Q4. However, timely data suggests the hit from Omicron will be small and relatively short-lived.
What you will learn:
- But the long-term outlook appears softer in light of the new ONS population projections.
- The ONS now expects lower births and higher deaths, putting more emphasis on immigration to grow the UK workforce.
- The revisions imply softer growth in potential output, with the level of GDP in 2050 set to be 1.5ppt lower.
Finland’s growth forecast cut amid weak confidence and soaring inflation
We have lowered our 2022 GDP growth forecast for Finland to 1.5% from 1.7% last month, as weakening confidence further dampens the outlook. We expect inflation to peak higher with a greater passthrough to core prices, squeezing real incomes and denting consumption. Russia has accounted for almost 10% of Finland's goods trade, among the highest in Europe.Find Out More
Why we see eurozone inflation slowing sharply next year
We have revised our 2022 eurozone inflation forecasts sharply higher, to 6.0%, since the start of the Ukraine war, as energy and food prices began to soar and new supply bottlenecks emerged. That said, we still see inflation decelerating sharply to 1.3% in 2023, putting us below consensus. While we recognise significant risks to our views, inflation should slow to below 2% in H2 2023.Find Out More