List of recessions in the United Kingdom
This is a list of (recent) recessions (and depressions) that have affected the economy of the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom and all other EU member states, a recession is generally defined as two successive quarters of negative economic growth, as measured by the seasonal adjusted quarter-on-quarter figures for real GDP.
|Name||Dates||Duration||Real GDP reduction||Causes||Other data|
|Post-Napoleonic depression||1812–21||~9 years||Post-war readjustment|
|1857-8 recession||1857-8||~1 year||~1%||Panic of 1857 (originating in America) as the first global economic crisis, confidence eroded by Palmerston government relaxing the provisions of the Peel Banking Act of 1844||Comparatively brief contraction of approximately 3.5% nominal GDP?|
|1867-9 recession||1867–9||~2 years||~1%||Impact on exports resulting from American recession post-civil war||1.9% fall in GDP|
|Long Depression||1873-96||~20 years||Deflation but no reduction in real GDP||Panic of 1873||World-wide, but Britain hit worst and longest. Previously known as the "Great Depression". Agricultural deflation hit farmers and their workers, although industrial output continued to grow.|
|1919-21 depression||1919-21||~3 years||10.9% 1919
|The end of World War I||Deflation ~10% in 1921, and ~14% in 1922.|
|Great Depression||1930-1||~2 years||0.7% 1930
|US Depression. Reducing demand for UK exports, also high interest rate defending the gold standard.||UK came off gold standard Sept 1931. 3-5% deflation pa. UK much less affected than US. Took 16 quarters for GDP to recover to that at start of recession after a 'double dip'.|
|1956 recession||Q2-Q3 1956||~0.5 years
|1961 recession||Q3-Q4 1961||~0.5 years
|3.3%||1973 oil crisis||Overall GDP detraction when comparing Q3-1975 with Q2-1973 was 2.9%. It took 14 quarters for GDP to recover to a level significantly above the pre-recession level in Q2-1973, as the economy experienced several single quarterly setbacks along with the double-dip recession in 1975.|
|Q2-Q3 1975||~0.5 years
|Early 1980s recession||
||Cause - possibly monetarist government policies to reduce inflation ? See 1979-1983||Company earnings decline 35%. Unemployment rises 124% from 5.3% of the working population in August 1979 to 11.9% in 1984 Took 13 quarters for GDP to recover to that at start of 1980 Took 18 quarters for GDP to recover to that at start of recession.|
|Early 1990s recession||
|2.4%||US savings and loan crisis leading to the Early 1990s recession.||Company earnings decline 25%. Peak budget deficit ~8% of GDP. Unemployment rises 55% from 6.9% of the working population in 1990 to 10.7% in 1993 Took 13 quarters for GDP to recover to that at start of recession|
|Late 2000s recession||
|7.2%||Late 2000s financial crisis||Recession lasted from Q2-2008 until Q3-2009, and was the deepest UK recession since the war. Manufacturing output declined 7% by end 2008, and it affected many sectors including banks and investment firms, with many well known and established businesses having to fold. Britain has notably struggled to come out of the latest recession, with much speculation of a 'double dip' recession during the 2010s. Output fell 0.5% in 2010 Q4. The unemployment rate rose to 8.1% (2.57m people) in August 2011, the highest level since 1994. As of July 2013[update], after 21 quarters - of which 9 were recessionary (including the later so-called "double dip recession"), GDP is still 3.2% down from peak at start of recession.|
Initial data showed a recession also took place from Q4-2011 until Q2-2012, widely referred to as the Double Dip Recession. When revised data was presented on 23 August 2013, it was still strictly speaking a technical recession, as the quarter on quarter changes of seasonal adjusted real GDP growth was calculated to: Q4‑2011 = ‑0.11%, Q1‑2012 = ‑0.01%, Q2‑2012 = ‑0.50%. When the latest revised data was published on 9 October 2013, the figures for Q1‑2012 however showed some completely flat growth at 0.0000%, which mean this period no longer meet the generally accepted definition of a recession, requiring minimum 2 consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.
- "Q&A: What is a recession?". BBC News. 8 July 2008.
- "Glossary of Treasury terms". HM Treasury. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- D Smith, Sunday Times (UK) 9 November 2008
- NIESR graph of 6 UK recessions
- Bank of England February 2009 Quarterly inflation report
- D Sandbrook. Daily Mail (UK) 8 November 2008
- UK economy tracker
- "Second Estimate of GDP, Q2 2013 Dataset (Gross Domestic Product: chained volume measures: Seasonally adjusted: ABMI)". Office for National Statistics. 9 October 2013.
- http://www.statistics.gov.uk/elmr/08_10/downloads/ELMR_Aug10_Chamberlin.pdf Output and expenditure in the last three UK recessions. August 2010
- Fall in GDP of 0.4% heralds longest recession ever
- "UK unemployment" FT 20 November 2008
- UK GDP since 1955 January 2010 Interactive graph of 6 recessions
- Gross domestic product (GDP) during that time is now estimated to have dropped by 7.2% from peak to trough
- CBI February 2009 Economic forecast
- "Second Estimate of GDP, Q2 2013 Dataset (Gross Domestic Product: chained volume measures: Seasonally adjusted: ABMI)". Office for National Statistics. 23 August 2013.
|Wikinews has related news: United Kingdom officially enters economic recession|
- Office for National Statistics website
- ONS quarterly GDP growth
- UK National Income, Expenditure and Output
- Latest Bank of England inflation report (PDF sections)
- Bank of England February 2009 Quarterly inflation report - Much data, including (on p20) previous 3 UK recessions.
- "What is the difference between a recession and a depression?" Saul Eslake November 2008
- UK economy tracker BBC News - comparison of UK recessions - updated quarterly