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.
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