Updated Cookies Policy - you'll see this message only once.

Barclays uses cookies on this website. They help us to know a little bit about you and how you use our website, which improves the browsing experience and marketing - both for you and for others. They are stored locally on your computer or mobile device. To accept cookies continue browsing as normal. Or go to the cookie policy for more information and preferences. If you clear your browser history to disable or delete all cookies, your cookie preferences will automatically be reset to accept all cookies. Please go to the cookies policy to make any changes.

Economic outlook and indicators

April 2018

Amid a turbulent time for UK retailers, is it still possible to make money on the high street? Absolutely, says our economist, Henk Potts.

In the latest outlook, Henk is joined by Cicero’s Iain Anderson, as they discuss the possibility of a trade war sparked by the US President, whether UK interest rates will rise in 2018, and the latest on the Brexit negotiations.

Listen to the outlook below, or you can download Henk and Iain’s conversation as a podcast to hear their full conversation on the go.

UK and global economic outlook

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Download Iain and Henk’s conversation in full as a podcast to listen on the go from any of the following podcasting apps:


Consumer Prices Index 
Source: ONS^ (opens in a new window)
Last updated: 23 May 2018
Next update: 13 June 2018

Price of Milk
Source: ONS^ (opens in a new window) 
Last updated: 23 May 2018
Next update: 13 June 2018

Bank of England Official Base Rate
Source: Bank of England^ (opens in a new window)
Last changed: 2 November 2017
Next update: 21 June 2018

Quarterly GDP growth
Source: ONS^ (opens in a new window)  
Last updated: 25 May 2018
Next update: 29 June 2018

2018 forecast
Source: Barclays
Last updated: 1 June 2018