UK Index of Services edged down 0.1% between July and August, largest negative contribution from human health and social care; monthly services output 0.2% below pre-pandemic level: ONS

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LONDON , October 12, 2022 (press release) –

Movements in the volume of output for the UK services industries. Figures are seasonally adjusted.

Main points

  • Monthly services output fell by 0.1% between July and August 2022 and is now 0.2% below February 2020, which was the last month of "normal" trading conditions prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • The Index of Services (IoS) saw falls in 8 of the 14 sectors during August 2022; most notably, human health and social care saw the largest fall, contributing negative 0.11 percentage points to the IoS (with growth falling by 1.3%).
  • 8 of the 14 services subsectors are above their February 2020 pre-coronavirus pandemic level, with the largest percentage increase during this period being professional, scientific and technical activities (12.4%).
  • Services output for the three months to August 2022 fell by 0.1% compared with the three months to May 2022; over this period, human health and social work activities was the largest contributor to the fall, with growth falling by 2.1%.
  • For further and detailed analysis of the effect on our monthly Index of Services estimate, please see our Gross domestic product (GDP) monthly estimate, UK: August 2022 article published on 12 October 2022.

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