Recession in UK 'still not over' 英国经济衰退“仍未结束”
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A leading business group has cast doubt on whether the UK economy emerged from recession in the third quarter of 2009.


Confidence among manufacturers is at its highest level since early 2008
Confidence among manufacturers is at its highest level since early 2008

The British Chambers1 of Commerce (BCC) said business confidence was improving but the economy was still "frail(脆弱的,虚弱的)".

Official GDP figures are due next week. If they show no growth, it will be the first time the UK has endured six successive quarters without growth.

Separately, UK retail2 sales rose 2.8% from September 2008, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said.

But the BRC warned that "we mustn't get carried away" - as the figures are compared with a "weak performance" last September when turmoil3(骚动,混乱) in the financial markets hit consumer confidence.

'On the brink4'

The BCC surveyed more than 5,500 companies and found that confidence strengthened across the board.

Confidence among manufacturers was at its highest level since the beginning of 2008.

But despite "good progress" being made in both the manufacturing and service sectors5, domestic orders and sales were still down on the previous quarter, the BCC said.

"The Q3 results support our assessment6 that the UK economy is on the brink of leaving recession," David Kern, chief economist7 at the BCC said.

"However, the improvement is not sufficiently8 strong to allow us to conclude without doubt that GDP has already returned to positive growth."

Last week, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research also estimated that the economy did not grow in the June to September quarter.


1 chambers c053984cd45eab1984d2c4776373c4fe     
n.房间( chamber的名词复数 );(议会的)议院;卧室;会议厅
  • The body will be removed into one of the cold storage chambers. 尸体将被移到一个冷冻间里。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Mr Chambers's readable book concentrates on the middle passage: the time Ransome spent in Russia. Chambers先生的这本值得一看的书重点在中间:Ransome在俄国的那几年。 来自互联网
2 retail VWoxC     
  • In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。
  • These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。
3 turmoil CKJzj     
  • His mind was in such a turmoil that he couldn't get to sleep.内心的纷扰使他无法入睡。
  • The robbery put the village in a turmoil.抢劫使全村陷入混乱。
4 brink OWazM     
  • The tree grew on the brink of the cliff.那棵树生长在峭壁的边缘。
  • The two countries were poised on the brink of war.这两个国家处于交战的边缘。
5 sectors 218ffb34fa5fb6bc1691e90cd45ad627     
n.部门( sector的名词复数 );领域;防御地区;扇形
  • Berlin was divided into four sectors after the war. 战后柏林分成了4 个区。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Industry and agriculture are the two important sectors of the national economy. 工业和农业是国民经济的两个重要部门。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
6 assessment vO7yu     
  • This is a very perceptive assessment of the situation.这是一个对该情况的极富洞察力的评价。
  • What is your assessment of the situation?你对时局的看法如何?
7 economist AuhzVs     
  • He cast a professional economist's eyes on the problem.他以经济学行家的眼光审视这个问题。
  • He's an economist who thinks he knows all the answers.他是个经济学家,自以为什么都懂。
8 sufficiently 0htzMB     
  • It turned out he had not insured the house sufficiently.原来他没有给房屋投足保险。
  • The new policy was sufficiently elastic to accommodate both views.新政策充分灵活地适用两种观点。
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