UK economy shrinks as Brexit looms

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Published: October 10, 2019 4:31:31 PM

On a brighter note however, the ONS also revealed that the economy grew 0.3 per cent in the three months to August compared with the previous quarter.

UK economy, Britain economy, Brexit, GDP readings, ONS, european unionSterling barely budged on the monthly reading, which was only moderately worse than market expectations of zero growth. (Reuters photo)

Britain’s economy contracted in August, official data showed Thursday ahead of the nation’s exit from the European Union later this month. Gross domestic product — the combined value of all goods and services produced in the economy — slid 0.1 per cent in August from July, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement. That contrasted with upwardly-revised monthly expansion of 0.4 per cent in July.

On a brighter note however, the ONS also revealed that the economy grew 0.3 per cent in the three months to August compared with the previous quarter. “Growth increased in the latest three months, despite a weak performance across manufacturing, with TV and film production helping to boost the services sector,” said Rob Kent-Smith, head of GDP at the ONS.

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Sterling barely budged on the monthly reading, which was only moderately worse than market expectations of zero growth.”The most recent GDP readings from the UK have shown a contraction in month-on-month terms — but taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, it does not appear quite so bad,” noted XTB analyst David Cheetham.

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