The ups and downs of GDP

Economic policy can achieve results only if policy makers – and the voters to whom they are accountable – know what is happening to the economy. Understanding the economy as a whole depends on the available statistics. So economic statistics shape policy and events, and the most closely watched measure is the growth of gross domestic product (GDP).

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Economic data

GDP growth: +0.6% Q1 2019 year-on-year
Consumer price inflation: 2.3% May 2019 annual
Trade: +0.4% exp, -1.2% imp, Q1 2019
Unemployment: 5.2% July 2019
Last update: 9 September 2019

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