About the data
The latest Quarterly GDP figures help to estimate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic upon the economy, or more specifically, the impact of societal restrictions imposed to reduce the transmission of the virus. The UK saw a fall of 1.4% in the first quarter of 2020, the largest contraction since the first quarter of 2009.
GDP fell by 20.4% in April 2020, having fallen by 5.8% in March. April 2020, had the biggest monthly fall since the series began in 1997. The fall is more than three times larger than in the previous month.
Construction saw the greatest change in GDP between March and April 2020 with a fall of 40.1%. All sectors including Services, Production and Agriculture have also seen falls in the three months to April 2020.
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GDP estimates March/April and Quarter 1 2020 are subject to more uncertainty as a result of the challenges in collecting the data during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Due to uncertainties in estimating labour market impacts and government intervention to support businesses, the breakdown of the income approach to GDP should be treated with particular caution.