Professor Peter Spencer, chief economic advisor to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, comments economic forecasts:
“Figures for the last quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of this year are likely to show that we are back in recession and we are going to have to wait until this summer before there are any signs of improvement. But it’s not going to be a repeat of 2009; we are not going to see a serious double dip.
“This time around, UK PLCs have strong balance sheets and have built up large cash stockpiles, which will provide a useful insurance policy if the situation deteriorates further. Business spending has already been cut back heavily. However, with business confidence faltering, investment and recruitment are likely to remain on hold until stability returns.”