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Economic forecasts

A quick guide to economic forecasts for the UK and international markets.

What's on this page?

  • UK Economic Forecast
  • Economic Insight: Greater China and South East Asia
  • Business Confidence Monitor
  • Useful links
  • Further reading

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UK Economic Forecast

ICAEW's quarterly economic forecast considers the outlook for the UK economy based on the views of ICAEW Chartered Accountants running all types of businesses across the UK, surveyed through the quarterly ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM).

Economic insight

ICAEW publishes quarterly economic forecasts for Greater China and South East Asia produced by cebr, ICAEW’s partner and acknowledged expert in global economic forecasting.

Business Confidence Monitor

ICAEW conducts one of the largest and most comprehensive monitors of UK business confidence and is unique in being based 100% on the opinions of finance professionals. ICAEW's UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) is a quarterly review of business confidence across all regions, sectors and sizes throughout the UK.

Useful links


Economic Outlook for Business
A quarterly UK forecast from Ernst & Young ITEM Club. The Club also publishes special reports on specific aspects of the economy, and a dedicated forecast for Scotland.

Forecasts for the UK economy
A monthly comparison of independent forecasts summarised by HM Treasury. A guide to GDP deflators, weekly economic indicators and other statistics is also available.

Key figures
The latest economic indicators from the Office for National Statistics. Figures are collated for prices and inflation, labour market, national accounts/economic activity, balance of payments and trade, and short term indicators like the indices of manufacturing, production and distribution.

London's Economy Today
A monthly publication from the Mayor of London's office providing the latest economic indicators for London and the UK.

Office for Budget Responsibility
The OBR produces independent forecasts and assessments of public finances and the UK economy. Their site includes an explanation of their research methodology.

Quarterly Economic Survey (QES)
The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) polls over 500 firms on the health of their business and measures a broad range of indicators such as output, workforce size and profitability. The survey also seeks their opinion on the direction of unemployment, interest rates and inflation and the general outlook for the London and UK economies.

RICS Economic Commentary
Market surveys and analyses from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) looking at the UK and European housing and property markets and international economic outlook.

The CityUK
The CityUK publishes a series of monthly global economic reports, produced in association with Oxford Economics.

UK Economic Outlook
A thrice-yearly forecast prepared by PwC.


European economic forecast
Forecasts are published by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN). They cover economic developments at the aggregated level and prospects for individual countries.

The European Commission's statistics hub provides a wide variety of data including GDP growth rates, and other figures on economic trends.

Eurozone Forecast
The latest edition of Ernst & Young's quarterly forecast. Includes economic highlights, a financial services forecast and a comparison of economic data across the eurozone. Forecasts by country are also available.

Global Economic Outlook
Quarterly reports from Deloitte with analysis of regional economic trends.


You can also find economic forecasts within our country resource pages.

Consensus Economics
Fee-based service offering forecasts obtained from over 600 economists. Consensus provides monthly and cover estimates for major macroeconomic variables including growth, inflation, interest rates and exchange rates.

Economist Intelligence Unit
Economic analysis, forecasts and data for countries and regions provided on a subscription or pay-as-you-go basis.

National Institute Economic Review
Quarterly journal from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), giving detailed economic forecasts for the UK and Global economies. Requires subscription. Abstracts and sample articles are available for some back numbers.

Projections, Forecasts and Outlooks
Regular country-specific and industry-specific reports from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Oxford Economic Forecasting
Subscription service offering forecasts for the UK and global economies.

Further reading

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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