Disappointing news about the state of Britain's trading position and further confirmation that squeezed households are driving down their savings have fanned fears about the sustainability of the recovery.
George Osborne has received a boost as he puts the finishing touches to his autumn statement, as official figures showed stronger tax receipts from the gathering pace of the economic recovery are helping to boost the public finances.
We've observed before how the UK's Office for Budget Revisionism has been leading the creation of the alternative wing of financial comedy by satirising economists' penchant for dodgy predictions with forecasts so misguided they seem deliberately bad.
Chancellor George Osborne was "spared blushes" thanks to a slightly better-than-expected outturn for last year's public finances, economists said, after official data showed the deficit edged lower.
George Osborne has been told by the International Monetary Fund to rethink the pace of his deficit reduction plan after the Washington based institution cut its forecast for UK growth in both 2013 and 2014.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has downgraded growth forecasts once again and predicted sharply higher borrowing as Britain struggles to avoid an unprecedented triple-dip recession.
The coalition has attempted to play down a warning by the business secretary, Vince Cable, that Britain faces the risk of a triple-dip recession.