UK economic growth rises due to manufacturing push

UK economic growth accelerated for the first quarter of 2019 which was driven by the highest pick-up in manufacturing since the 1980’s.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 0.5% for the first quarter, as the original Brexit deadline loomed.

Compared to the previous quarter growth was 0.2% as car manufacturing fell to its steepest rate in under ten years.

GDP was up by 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year, and jn the quarter production output was up by 1.4%. This was boosted by a 2.2% hike in manufacturing.

Manufacturers delivered orders early as companies cleared their order books ready for the original Brexit withdrawal date of 29 March.

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