Latest updates and stories from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and its Members

BCC forecast: Uncertainty constraining UK economic growth

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today slightly downgraded its three-year outlook for the UK economy, cutting growth expectations from 1.6% to 1.5% in 2017, from 1.2% to 1.1% in 2018, and from 1.4% to 1.3% in 2019.

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BCC comments on interest rate decision

Commenting on the interest rate decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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Weak trade and manufacturing figures nudge down UK growth forecast

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today downgraded its UK GDP growth forecast, from 2.6% to 2.4% in 2015, from 2.7% to 2.5% in 2016, and from 2.7% to 2.5% in 2017.

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BCC downgrades 2015 growth forecast but predicts earnings are set to rise

The British Chambers of Commerce has downgraded its UK GDP growth forecast for 2015 from 2.7% to 2.3%, following weaker than expected growth at the start of the year. However, the BCC believes the slowdown is temporary and the prospects over the medium term remain steady, with GDP growth predicted to be 2.6% in 2016 and 2017.

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2014 growth to reach seven year high with slowdown to follow

  • BCC upgrades 2014 GDP growth forecast from 3.1% to 3.2% - the highest growth rate since 2007
  • Growth forecast for 2015 upgraded from 2.7% to 2.8%, but remains unchanged for 2016 at 2.5%
  • First increase in official interest rates to 0.75% expected in Q1 2015
  • GDP growth will continue at a strong pace of 0.8% in Q3 2014
  • Exports of goods and services downgraded: from 1.9% to 0.8% for 2014, from 4.2% to 4.1% for 2015
  • John Longworth: “We must ensure the stellar growth in 2014 is not a flash in the pan”
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