Britain Sinks Into Double-Dip Recession

Britain has slipped back into recession.

The Office for National Statistics on Wednesday said the country's economy shrank by two-tenths of a percent for the first three months of the year. That drop follows a three-tenths-of-a-percent decline over the last three months of 2011.

A recession is defined as two consecutive three-month periods -- two consecutive quarters -- of negative growth.

Most economists had forecast slight growth for the British economy to start 2012.

The news that Britain has slipped back into recession comes a day after Greece's central bank said that country's troubled economy is shrinking even faster than first thought.

The bank's governor, George Provopoulos, said Tuesday the Greek economy will contract as much as 5 percent this year -- the country's fifth straight year of recession. Just a month ago, the bank had predicted the economy would shrink only 4.5 percent.

Provopoulos said that as soon as Greek voters pick a new government in the May 6 elections, the debt-ridden country needs to return quickly to imposing more austerity measures to keep its deficit spending in check.

But the austerity measures have proven unpopular in Greece and other European countries seeking to cut their deficits. Workers have staged frequent public protests in Athens and other capitals.

Now, with European economic growth stagnant at best and voters balking at more spending cuts, some officials are calling for policies to boost the continent's economic fortunes. On Wednesday, Mario Draghi, chief of the European Central Bank, said Europe needs a "growth compact."

"The euro area must continue to be a credible area of price stability, fiscal stability and growth," said Draghi. "This is something that all actors should have in their mind: a credible area of price stability, fiscal stability and growth. And if these elements are not present, all of them, then its credibility will diminish, and we are based, like all common currency areas, a lot on being credible to the rest of the world."

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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by: William
April 26, 2012 1:33 PM
I know what i said and that is to say once the U.S. is gone from the scene god help the rest of the world because there has never been a better liberating force in the world than the U.S. and when these new prosperous nations start to rise they will sow up your mouth, poke out your eyes and cut off your fingers and make sure you never question their ways.

by: Eugene
April 25, 2012 9:51 PM
William - ", And China is more than happy to take over for England and U.S.A."
No they are not... They specifically say the west created their own problems and they DO NOT want to and WILL NOT help them.... I really don’t know where you come from, but you obviously have no idea what is going on in the world. You must be American, I’m sure..

by: William
April 25, 2012 9:54 AM
When manufacuring jobs leave our shores for cheap labor in asia it is basically called capital flight and without so called capital, nations will not function in a good economic model.

by: William
April 25, 2012 9:48 AM
The Brits gave all their possesions away, Hong Kong, Suez Cannal, The Water Ways, Cadbury, All Types of Business's, Colonies, Cause they like being a nation of shop keepers and are doomed to an uncertain future because they let greedy business men make the decisions for their nation, And China is more than happy to take over for england and U.S.A.

by: William
April 25, 2012 9:36 AM
You mean on the cusp of a depression, The U.S. seems to be following their lead allowing the flight of our manufacturing base to asia and not protecting our jobs from foriegners and basically letting the sun set on the western world and the new eastern block nations are jostling for their plate at the table that the west let slip away, Our governments are treasonous and traitors to their nations and all should be hung or executed for the way they squandered our birthright.

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