Madrid, 12 (Europe Press)
The gross domestic product of the United Kingdom, the second largest European economy, recorded a contraction of 1.5% in the first quarter of 2021, after growing by 1.3% in the last three months of last year, according to the National newspaper. Office of Statistics (ONS).
In this way, Britain’s GDP in the first quarter of 2021 was 8.7% below the level reached in the fourth quarter of 2019, the last full before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first three months of the year, British household spending decreased by 3.9%, compared to a 1.7% decline in the previous quarter, while government spending increased by 2.6%. Of its kind, gross fixed capital formation decreased by 2.3% after rising by 4.4% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
By sectors, services recorded a contraction of 2% in activity in the first quarter, and 8.7% below the fourth quarter of 2019 level, while production decreased by 0.4% and is now 3.6% lower than the fourth quarter of 2019.
For its part, the construction sector expanded by 2.6% between January and March, although compared to the full last quarter before the pandemic, the level of activity was 3.4% lower.
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