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The UK economic system expanded at its slowest price in six years in 2018.

Progress within the 12 months was 1.four%, down from 1.eight% final 12 months and the bottom since 2012, the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) stated.

It blamed slower manufacturing facility output and automotive manufacturing for the slowdown, amongst different components.

It follows forecasts of even slower development in 2019 because the UK grapples with Brexit uncertainty and a weaker international economic system.

In accordance with the ONS, quarterly development additionally slowed, falling to zero.2% within the three months to December – down from zero.6% within the three months to September.

Head of GDP on the ONS, Rob Kent-Smith stated: “GDP slowed within the final three months of the 12 months with the manufacturing of vehicles and metal merchandise seeing steep falls and development additionally declining.

“Nonetheless, companies continued to develop with the well being sector, administration consultants and IT all doing properly.”