LONDON (AFP) - Oil prices fell Friday on profit-taking at the end of week in which New York crude reached 82 dollars for the first time in one year, traders said. New Yorks main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in December, fell 71 cents to 80.48 dollars a barrel after rising above 81 dollars earlier on Friday. Brent North Sea crude for December delivery dropped 60 cents to 78.91 dollars a barrel in late London trading. Crude prices had surged to a one-year high of 82 dollars on Wednesday, driven by a weak dollar and optimism over the global economic recovery, analysts said. Oil traders on Friday assessed a mixed batch of global economic data. Industrial orders and business activity rose in the eurozone, figures showed, with economic strength returning across much of western Europe even as Britains recession dragged on. British gross domestic product (GDP) slumped 0.4 percent between July and September compared with shrinking output of 0.6 percent in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics announced in an eagerly-awaited statement. Economists had widely expected Britain to exit recession in the third quarter with a return to growth of 0.2 percent after five quarters of contracting GDP. The US economy, in a recession since December 2007 and the worlds biggest consumer of crude oil, is expected to post its first growth in a year in the third quarter of 2009. OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri said in London on Thursday that the cartel would consider ramping up crude oil production at its next meeting in December should economic growth improve and other conditions be met. The cartel will not hesitate to increase its production in December, he told reporters, adding the decision was dependent also on higher oil prices and no floating storage of crude. The 12-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), whose members pump 40 percent of the worlds crude oil supplies, will hold their next meeting in Luanda, Angola, on December 22. Oil prices tumbled from historic highs of more than 147 dollars in July 2008 to about 32 dollars in December because of the global recession but have since risen on hopes of recovery.