The UK economy failed to grow over the three months to October, ONS figures show.

In the quarter, service sector growth of 0.2 per cent was offset by contractions of 0.7 per cent in production and 0.3 per cent in construction.

It’s the worst quarter figures for more than a decade.

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonald said:

“We can look forward to five more years of economic failure and stagnation if the Conservatives win the election.

The ONS said there had been “a notable drop in housebuilding and infrastructure in October”.

Separately, the ONS released trade data which showed Britain’s goods trade deficit widened by more than expected to nearly £14.5bn in October from £11.5bn in September.


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