Office for National Statistics



UK economy suffers joint largest fall since 1979

The UK economy has suffered the joint biggest drop since the July-to-September period in 1979, as GDP contracted by 2.2% in the first quarter of 2020.

Published 30 June 2020

UK Government borrowing hits record £55.2bn in May

The UK Government borrowed £55.2 billion last month, hitting a new record high as the coronavirus lockdown weighed heavily on its finances.

Published 19 June 2020

UK retail sales rebound by 12% in May

UK retail sales rebounded by 12% in May signalling a slight recovery from their record falls due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Published 19 June 2020

ONS: UK inflation rate falls to four-year low

The UK's inflation rate has hit a four-year low as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions pushed the rate down to 0.5% in May.

Published 17 June 2020

ONS: UK inflation rate falls to four-year low

The UK's inflation rate has hit a four-year low as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions pushed the rate down to 0.5% in May.

Published 17 June 2020

ONS: Scottish unemployment rate highest in the UK

Scotland's unemployment rate is now the highest in the UK, according to the latest Labour Market Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 16 June 2020

UK economy suffers largest decline since records began

The UK's GDP fell by 20.4% in April marking the largest decline since monthly records began in 1997, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 12 June 2020

Bank of England: Economy begins to show green shoots of recovery

The UK economy is beginning to show slow signs of recovery after lockdown measures have been eased in the UK, according to the Bank of England (BoE) governor Andrew Bailey.

Published 11 June 2020

ONS: UK employment rate at joint-record high before COVID-19 struck

The UK employment rate had reached a joint-record high of 76.6% before the coronavirus crisis hit the UK according to the latest Labour Market Statistics update published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Published 4 June 2020

UK Government borrowed over £62bn in April amid coronavirus lockdown

The UK Government borrowed £62.1 billion in April, marking the highest monthly figure on record as it tried to navigate the country through the coronavirus crisis, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 22 May 2020

ONS: UK retail sales drop 18% in April

Retail sales in the UK throughout the month of April have dropped by 18.1%, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 22 May 2020

ONS: 65% of Scottish businesses report decrease in turnover amid coronavirus pandemic

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 65% of Scottish businesses have reported a drop in turnover outside of the normal range between April 20 and May 3.

Published 21 May 2020

UK inflation rate drops to lowest rate since 2016

The UK's inflation rate dropped last month to its lowest level since August 2016 as the economic fallout of the first month of the lockdown hit prices.

Published 20 May 2020

ONS: Scotland's employment rate dropped in first quarter of the year

Between January and March 2020, Scotland’s employment rate dropped to 74.7% and the unemployment rate estimate rose over the quarter to 4.1% according to the latest Labour Market Statistics Update by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Published 19 May 2020

UK GDP drops by 2%

The UK economy has contracted at its sharpest rate since the global financial crisis in the first quarter of the year thanks to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Published 13 May 2020