A crucial question for the MPC, Charlie Bean says, is whether the slowing of growth around the turn of the year "...just represents a temporary "soft patch" of the sort often seen during the early stages of economic recoveries, or whether it is instead the harbinger of a prolonged period of slow growth". He then goes on to discuss the likely prospects for the recovery over the next year or so. Having stagnated over 2010, Charlie Bean views it likely that "...consumer spending will remain subdued through this year at least". He adds that: "Public spending will also provide little impetus to overall activity, given the necessary fiscal consolidation that is now under way".
Published on 19 May 2011
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