British economic slowdown faster than expected in third quarter

December 24th, 2008 - 12:43 am ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 23 (DPA) The British economy slowed down faster in the third quarter of 2008 than previously estimated, official figures showed Tuesday.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy contracted by 0.6 percent between July and September - higher than the previous estimate of 0.5 percent.

The previous quarter was left unrevised, with a figure of zero growth.

The economic growth figures are closely watched because two consecutive negative figures are generally thought to indicate a recession.

The latest figures show that the slowdown has spread from the financial services sector to manufacturing, the ONS said.

The government is expected to produce its first estimate of growth between October and December early in 2009.

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