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UK GDP: economy grows by just 0.3% amid ‘notable slowdown’

Weak performance in manufacturing and construction sectors drags down overall growth, as services rises slightly

Britain’s economy grew by just 0.3% in the second quarter of 2017 after what government statisticians called a “notable slowdown” in the first half of the year.

The expansion in the three months to June followed 0.2% growth in the first quarter and was in line with City expectations for the eagerly awaited first estimate of the economy’s recent performance.

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