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from Matt Falloon:

It’s snow joke

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Snow or no snow, these GDP figures are a nightmare for the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government and throw up the risk of a self-fulfilling spiral of gloom.

When the shock 0.5 percent drop in economic output at the end of 2010 hits television screens on Tuesday night as families sit down to dinner, already-cautious consumers will feel more than a winter chill.

These numbers are likely to knock confidence just when the government needs businesses and households to step up to the plate.

Will businesses unleash investment and take on hoards of new staff now, or will they wait for signs of improvement?

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