Matthew Yglesias is on vacation.
The United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics has announced a 0.8 percent increase in economic output between July and September (the third quarter). It follows a 0.7 percent increase in GDP from the previous quarter, and it is also the second strongest for the U.K. since 2008. Growth in services accounted for the vast majority of the increase.
The relatively good yet totally tepid figures should help America feel slightly little better about its own soft numbers and its recent debt ceiling disaster. Unfortunately for the U.K., GDP is still significantly below precrash numbers, while our output exceeded our precrash peak in 2011.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.