UK economy makes unexpected surge

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UK is pigging out on imports
The UK is pigging out on imports

Despite fears that the global economy is about to hit the buffers, the UK economy has steamed ahead of predictions over the last economic quarter. The economy grew by 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, higher than the previous estimate of 0.5 percent. The sterling economic news is also reflected in a booming jobs market.  

The figures, which have been collated by the Office of National Statistics, mean that the economy grew by 2.3 percent for the whole of 2015.

It had been previously predicted that the economy would grow by only 2.2 percent.

Deficit 

It was also revealed that the current account deficit widened to a record level, meaning that the UK imported much more than it exported. 

The deficit in the three months to December was £32.7bn, the equivalent of seven percent of GDP, said the ONS.

For the whole of 2015, the deficit came to £96.2bn or 5.2 percent of GDP. Both figures were the highest since official records began in 1948.

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