Official ONS figures which reflect the economy opening up after the first lockdown show the region’s performance relative to other parts of the UK.
These stats compare GDP in the quarter ended September 2020 with the same quarter a year earlier. These showed that the NE’s growth was -9.5% compared with -22.1% the previous quarter. This placed the NE eleventh (previous ranking eighth) out of the twelve UK ‘regions’.
Northern Ireland topped the table with growth of -2.9% whilst UK growth over the same period was -7.5%. The West Midlands was bottom, posting growth of -11.3%.
In the same report, the ONS’s...