UK Index of Services fell by 0.5% between November and December, largest contributions to monthly fall were from wholesale and retail, accommodation and food services; total services output rose by 1.2% in Q4, now 0.5% above pre-pandemic level: ONS

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LONDON , February 11, 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 0.5% between November 2021 and December 2021, reaching a level that is 0.5% above February 2020, which was the last month of "normal" trading conditions prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • There were falls in 7 of the 14 sectors in the Index of Services.
  • The largest contributions to fall were from wholesale and retail trade, which contributed 0.42 percentage points; accommodation and food service activities contributed a further 0.35 percentage points to the decrease to Index of Services; this was partially offset by human health and social work activities, which contributed a positive 0.26 percentage points in the Index of Services.
  • 5 of the 14 services sub sectors have now surpassed their pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, with the largest increase from February 2020 being human health and social work activities (13.6%), whereas other services activities, which include hairdressers and other beauty treatments, remain 21.1% below their pre-coronavirus pandemic level.
  • Services output for Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2021 rose by 1.2%, compared with Quarter 3 (Jul to Sept) 2021; over this period, the largest contributor was human health and social work activities, which grew by 4.5%.
  • The coronavirus pandemic and other events have changed output in the services industries, although each sector has been affected differently; for further and detailed analysis of the effect on our monthly Index of Services estimate, please see our article GDP monthly estimate, UK: December 2021, which was published on 11 February 2022.

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