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Growth in 2020: a less volatile but still lacklustre year lies ahead

Johnson will have to get lucky to avoid a weak UK performance

By Vicky Pryce  

Photo: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

What is the outlook for the UK economy? Last year proved difficult for forecasters. Not the overall year, which was correctly anticipated by most as likely to be a pretty poor one, but the volatility—month-to-month and quarter-on-quarter.

That was the year of Brexit deadlines that came and went—29th March, 12th April, 31st October, then 31st January 2020. Businesses were perplexed. Those who could prepared for no deal—a number of times, often at big cost, investing a bit…

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