source: Office of National Statistics (pdf):
Preliminary statistics last week showed the UK in an official recession. GDP statistics may be slightly revised upwards at a later date. But, at this stage even very low economic growth is not good. It will lead to continued unemployment and persistently lower living standards. By comparison the recovery from the Great Depression was much faster!
However, though things may be bad in the UK, in southern Europe it is a real depression.
Statistics from Greece, showed retail sales fell by 13.0% in February, in volume terms…” - It's hard to over-emphasis how dramatic this fall of 13% is.
Spain also entered into double dip recession with 0.3% fall in GDP
In main blog of week I looked at likelihood of a Eurozone break-up. - Will Eurozone break up?
There are two fundamental problems
1. Imbalances in Eurozone - different competitiveness causing structural current account deficits and lower growth in overvalued south.
source: Krugman. Link between changes in austerity measures and GDP
Spanish unemployment hit 24.4% last Friday (April 2012)
This is the big political issue for Europe - what can they do to reduce excessive unemployment?
Will Eurozone break up?