UK economic growth picks up as stockpiling bolsters manufacturing

Manufacturing increased by 1.5% in January but by only 0.9% in March. Photograph: Si Barber/Bloomberg News Britain’s economy strengthened in the first three months of the year, with growth of 0.5% helped by unprecedented stockpiling by manufacturersfearful of the impact from a no-deal Brexit. It was an improvement on 0.2% growth in the previous three months and was bolstered by the strongest quarterly performance for manufacturers since 1988, with factory output up 2.2%, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics. However, widespread uncertainty about the Brexit negotiations proved to have a…

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