The British economy [December 1988]

Brian Ashcroft, Jim Love, Stephen Boyle, Paul Draper, Stewart Dunlop, Janet Grehan, Frank Harrigan, John Heeley, Cliff Lockyer, Eleanor Malloy, Claire Monaghan, Peter McGregor, Iain McNicolI, Roger Perman, Jim Stevens, Brian Ashcroft (Editor), Jim Love (Editor)

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The growth of the UK economy continues at a brisk rate. Manufacturing output is especially buoyant. The absence of evidence suggesting a moderation in output growth reflects the continuing strong rate of growth in domestic demand. There is little hard evidence to date of a slow-down in consumer demand. Domestic demand growth continues to outstrip both output growth and the supply capacity of the economy. This is despite the current 'boom' in investment. The deficit on current account therefore continues to deteriorate. The underlying trade position is precarious and is symptomatic of high domestic demand and inflationary pressure. With many indicators pointing in an upward direction, the prospects for inflation are therefore the most immediate cause for concern.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages8
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1988


  • Scottish economy
  • Fraser of Allander
  • British economic conditions


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