13 May 2020

The worst is yet to come for UK GDP

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Margherita Orlandini, Corporate PR Manager, Royal London
Margherita Orlandini

Corporate PR Manager, Royal London


Commenting on this morning’s UK GDP announcement, Melanie Baker, senior economist at Royal London Asset Management, said:

“The economic damage from roughly only a week of lockdown is striking. Activity growth in April will be much worse.

“As social distancing is eased, we will probably see a strong initial bounce in activity. However, there isn’t a straightforward trade-off between social distancing and activity.

“Until businesses and households are confident that the virus poses little danger to lives and livelihoods, the recovery is likely to lag and activity levels will struggle to return to pre-crisis norms.”

About Royal London Asset Management (RLAM):

Established in 1988, Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) is one of the UK's leading fund management companies, providing investment management solutions to both wholesale and institutional clients such as not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and the insurance sector.

RLAM manages £148 billion of assets and employs 121 investment professionals as at 31 December 2020. It invests in all major asset classes including UK and overseas equities, government bonds, investment grade and high yield corporate bonds, property and cash.

For professional clients only, not suitable for retail investors.

Issued by Royal London Asset Management Limited, registered in England and Wales number 2244297; authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered Office: 55 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0RL.

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Margherita Orlandini, Corporate PR Manager, Royal London