IMF downgrades forecast for UK economic recovery


Financial body says UK growth in 2021 will be lower than earlier forecasts suggested, while global recovery will be stronger

The International Monetary Fund has downgraded forecasts for the UK’s recovery this year while the expansion of the global economy, aided by accelerating vaccine rollouts, is expected to gather pace.

Illustrating the severe impact of the pandemic on the UK economy, the IMF said in its latest forecast that the UK’s national income, or GDP, would expand by 4.5% this year, down 1.4 percentage points from the 5.9% growth forecast made last October.

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