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GDP & International Trade (Nov.)

Although the effects of the Omicron COVID-19 wave will probably mean that the economy falls back below its pre-pandemic peak by January after having surpassed it for the first time in November, that will probably prove to be a temporary setback. That said, a sharp rise in taxes and utility prices on 1st April will be a drag on the recovery for the rest of this year.
Paul Dales Chief UK Economist
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