UK Growth Slows Amid Manufacturing and Construction Slump

by Szu Ping Chan

Britain’s struggling manufacturing and construction sectors dragged down UK growth in the first three months of the year amid concerns about the global recovery.

The economy grew by 0.4pc between January and March, following growth of 0.6pc in the final quarter of 2015.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said growth was driven by Britain’s dominant services sector, which expanded by 0.6pc in the first quarter of this year.

By contrast, industrial production, which includes manufacturing, contracted by 0.4pc while Britain’s construction sector shrank 0.9pc. The combined contraction knocked 0.1 percentage points off the headline growth rate.

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