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GDP latest shows economy still struggling

The UK economy grew by 0.2% in August according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics, although July performed worse than originally thought.

The services sector was the main contributor to the 0.2% growth but the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) warned the economy was still on shaky ground.

David Bharier, Head of Research at the BCC, said:  “With GDP growing by 0.3% in the three months to August, and by 0.2% on a monthly basis, the UK economy is holding up but remains in a precarious state. The production sector in particular has seen worrying data revisions showing stark monthly falls in growth.

“Our research is clear about the issues UK firms are facing – three years of economic shocks, high inflation and interest rates, skills shortages, and trade barriers with the European Union. Consequently, most SMEs report no increase in their investment plans.

“Businesses need to see a strategic vision for the long-term framework for investment in the UK. Recent policy announcements around projects, such as HS2, will have generated more uncertainty for businesses searching for stability.”

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