By the gardener
Manufacturing slump puts UK economy into reverse as Brexit looms
GDP contracts by 0.4% in December in weakest year for growth since 2012
The Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product contracted by 0.4% from the previous month, fuelled by a fall in spending on the high street over the key festive shopping period.
Growth in 4th Qtr was 0.2%
Annual growth 1.4%
Even the So-Called BBC reported it more accurately:
Growth in the year was 1.4%, down from 1.8% in 2017 and the slowest rate since 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
According to the ONS, quarterly growth also slowed, falling to 0.2% in the three months to December - down from 0.6% in the three months to September.
They focus on the December figure (-0.4%) and make a meal of that rather that the more useful Quarterly and Annual figures.
They should be sued for misrepresentation. They can't go bust soon enough.
By Carl Fimble
My car has broken down, was wondering if any of you lot have any ideas what the problem might be....
It did not start immediately this morning as it normally does, but did start and drive ok. I went out again a wee while ago and it again took a wee minute to start but then drove ok, maybe with a few “flat spots” with reduced power for a second or so.
I then started it again (took a few turns of the starter motor again) after being at the shops, when I stopped at some lights and was idling it cut out, started it again and drove home, half way there it was cutting out but would restart again (again taking a few turns of the starter before it started) then, after maybe 50ft it did it again, tried starting it again but it wouldn’t “catch”, kept trying but it wouldn’t start, then the lights on the dash went dimmer and it wouldn’t even turn over at all.
Gonna have to take it to the garage, will be heavy steering while I’m getting towed but there’s no way I’m paying for a tow truck, can’t afford it anyway.
It’s a 2.0 diesel Mazda btw.
I’m shocked, shocked..
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