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9:45am 25th October 2012
(Updated 9:45am 25th October 2012)

Cornish families are told we are out of a double dip recession.

GDP figures being released on Thursday morning show Britain's economy grew by 1% over the last three months.

Joanna Flemming, a mum of three who lives near Tregony, admitted the last few years have been tough. She said: "We're definitely more cautious now with what we're purchasing when we go shopping, supermarket wise. The other thing living rurally, is the cost of fuel. We've had to really be careful of our journeys out to be honest, so I come to Truro once a week and try and get everything done then, because you can't afford to continuously go in and out.

"It's just not relevant to anyone that I speak to when they say there's growth. Nobody I know has actually seen that things have got any easier at all. It's just seems we're exactly where we were a couple of years ago. It doesn't actually affect anybody and it's just figures that don't actually even make sense to most people."

Cornish businesses say the effects of the downturn will linger for years to come.

Truro restaurant owner Andrew Ellery said there is still a long road ahead: "We've been in a recession for three years and I can't see it changing for another couple of years. No matter what the results are I don't think you're going to be getting families going 'Great! Let's go and spend'.

"Our priorities are keeping the same staff, serving the same quality food with the right service and just carrying on and not expecting too much. It could be better but it could be a hell of a lot worse so, no, it's not depressing."

9:45am 25th October 2012

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