‘UK economic growth slowest since 2009’

THE United Kingdom (UK) economy suffered its worst three months for more than a decade after official figures revealed output failed to grow once again in October.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed the economy flatlined month-on-month in October, after two months of declines.

It was the weakest three months since early 2009.

The figures come ahead of tomorrow’s general election, with the main parties all promising to boost growth.

Although the service sector expanded 0.2% in the August-to-October period, that was offset by a 0.7% contraction in manufacturing and 0.3% fall in construction. The ONS said there had been “a notable drop in housebuilding and infrastructure in October”.

John Hawksworth, chief economist at consultancy PwC, blamed Brexit-related uncertainty for the economy’s “loss of momentum”.

He said: “Growth seems likely to remain subdued through the rest of 2019, but we would hope for a gradual revival in activity over the course of 2020 if…

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