Lecture 11 economy of the uk

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Lecture 11 economy of the uk

  1. 1. Economy London is Europe's largest financial Centre and one of the world's three largest financial centers alongside New York and Tokyo. 1
  2. 2. • Rank • 6th (nominal) / 7th (PPP) (3rd and 2nd in Europe respectively) • Currency • Pound sterling (GBP) • Fiscal year • 6 April – 5 April • Trade organizations • EU/ European union/, BCN/Berkshire County Network/ , OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development • and WTO /World Trade organization/ 2
  3. 3. • Population below poverty line • 14% with household income below 60% of UK median income (2006 est.) • Labour force 31.45 million (2010 est.) (17th) • Labour force by occupation agriculture: 1.4%; industry: 8%; services: 90.6% • Unemployment 8.4% (Feb 2012 unchanged on Jan 2012) 3
  4. 4. • Average net salary €2,749 / $3,712, monthly (2006) Main industries • Aerospace Automotive Business and professional services Chemicals Construction Consumer goods Defense equipment Education Electronics Energy and utilities 4
  5. 5. External • £428.6 billion (2010) manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals, food stuff, beverages, tobacco, clothes, cars, military equipment, entertainment, steel, computer programming, finance, banking, electrical goods, machinery, pharmaceutical products 5
  6. 6. • Main export partners • United States 14.3%, Germany 10.5%, Netherlands 8.0%, France 7.2%, Ireland 6.0%, Belgium and Luxembourg 5.1%, Spain 3.7%, Italy 3.3%, China 3.2% (2010, not including services) • Imports £477.9 billion (2010) Import goods manufactured goods, machinery, fuels; foodstuffs • Main import partners Germany 12.5%, China 8.4%, United States 7.6%, Netherlands 7.3%, 6
  7. 7. The UK economy • The UK economy is made up (in descending order of size) of the economies of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Based on market exchange rates, the United Kingdom is today the sixth largest economy in the world and the third largest in Europe after Germany and France 7
  8. 8. The Industrial Revolution started in the United Kingdom with an initial concentration on heavy industries such as shipbuilding, coal mining, steel (iron)production, and textiles. The empire created an overseas market for British products, allowing the UK to dominate international trade in the 19th century. 8
  9. 9. However, as other nations industrialized, coupled with economic decline after two world wars, the United Kingdom began to lose its competitive advantage and heavy industry declined, by degrees, throughout the 20th century. Manufacturing remains a significant part of the economy, but accounted for only one-sixth of national output (products) in 2003. 9
  10. 10. The British motor industry is a significant part of this sector, although it has diminished with the collapse of the MG Rover Group and most of the industry is foreign owned. Civil and defence aircraft production is led by the second largest defence contractor in the world, 10
  11. 11. Rolls-Royce holds a major share of the global aerospace engines market. The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is strong in the UK, with the world's second and sixth largest pharmaceutical(drug) firms (GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, respectively being based in the UK. 11
  12. 12. The UK service sector, however, has grown substantially, and now makes up about 73% of GDP. The service sector is dominated by financial services, especially in banking and insurance. London is the world's largest financial centre with the London Stock Exchange, the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, and the Lloyd's of London insurance market all based in the City of London. 12
  13. 13. London is a major centre for international business and commerce and is the leader(center) of the three "command centers" for the global economy (along with New York City and Tokyo). It has the largest concentration of foreign bank branches in the world. 13
  14. 14. Many multinational companies that are not primarily UK-based have chosen to site their European or rest-of-world headquarters in London: an example is the US financial services firm Citigroup. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has one of the large financial centres of Europe and is the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, one of the world's largest banks. 14
  15. 15. North Sea oil and gas have supplied much of the UK's energy needs in recent decades, but the country now increasingly depends on imported fossil fuels. 15
  16. 16. Tourism is very important to the British economy. With over 27 million tourists arriving in 2004, the United Kingdom is ranked as the sixth major tourist destination in the world. London, by a considerable margin(note-edge), is the most visited city in the world with 15.6 million visitors in 2006, ahead of 2nd placed Bangkok (10.4 million visitors) and 3rd placed Paris (9.7 million). 16
  17. 17. The UK has a small coal reserve along with significant, yet continuously declining natural gas and oil reserves. Over 400 million tonnes of proven coal reserves have been identified in the UK. In 2004, total UK coal consumption (including imports) was 61 million tonnes, allowing the UK to be self sufficient in coal for just over 6.5 years, although at present extraction rates it would take 20 years to mine. 17
  18. 18. The Bank of England; the central bank of the United Kingdom. 18
  19. 19. Government involvement throughout the economy is exercised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer (currently Alistair Darling) who heads HM Treasury, but the Prime Minister is First Lord of the Treasury; the Chancellor of the Exchequer is the Second Lord of the Treasury. 19
  20. 20. In recent years, the UK economy has been managed in accordance with principles of market liberalisation and low taxation and regulation. Since 1997, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, headed by the Governor of the Bank of England, has been responsible for setting interest rates at the level necessary to achieve the overall inflation target for the economy that is set by the Chancellor each year. 20
  21. 21. The currency of the UK is the pound sterling, represented by the symbol £. The Bank of England is the central bank, responsible for issuing currency. Banks in Scotland and Northern Ireland retain the right to issue their own notes, subject to retaining enough Bank of England notes in reserve to cover the issue. 21
  22. 22. The UK chose not to join the euro at the currency's launch(operate), and the British Prime Minister, has ruled out membership for the foreseeable future, saying that the decision not to join had been right for Britain and for Europe. 22
  23. 23. On 23 January 2009, Government figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that the UK was officially in recession (economic decline) for the first time since 1991. It entered a recession in the final quarter of 2008, accompanied by rising unemployment which increased from 5.2% in May 2008 to 7.6% in May 2009. The unemployment rate among 18 to 24-year-olds has risen from 11.9% to 17.3%. 23
  24. 24. The poverty line in the UK is commonly defined as being 60% of the median household income. The poverty line in the UK is commonly defined as being 60% of the median household income. 24
  25. 25. In the same year, 4.0 million children, 31% of the total, lived in households below the poverty line, after housing costs were taken into account. This is a decrease of 400,000 children since 1998-1999. 25
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