OECD says Britain's recovery is lagging behind other states

THE world&rsquo;s leading industrial countries emerged from recession in the three months to September &ndash; but Britain&rsquo;s recovery is lagging behind, a leading economic body said yesterday. <br /><br />The Organisation for Economic Cooperation&nbsp; and Development (OECD) said its 30 member states averaged growth of 0.8 per cent in the quarter, while the UK&rsquo;s economy contracted by 0.4 per cent. <br /><br />France, Germany, Italy and the US all grew in the period, and Japan put in the best performance with growth of 1.2 per cent, according to early GDP estimates. <br /><br />The figures, which paint Britain as the &ldquo;sick man&rdquo; man of the OECD, come ahead of tomorrow&rsquo;s first revision of UK output for the quarter ending September, which showed Britain shrunk for a sixth quarter in a row. <br /><br />Last week the OECD also warned that the scourge of mass unemployment could affect Britain, even as the economy recovers. <br /><br />It said the UK&rsquo;s jobless rate could surge to 9.5 per cent within the next two years, with unemployment peaking in 2011. The UK&rsquo;s unemployed numbered some 2.46m between July and September.