UK economic growth slows sharply in February
The UK's economic growth slowed in February following a sharp fall in the production of cars and computer goods.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy expanded by 0.1% compared with 0.8% in January.
The fall in manufacturing was off-set by growth in the services sector including areas such as tourism and travel.
The ONS also said that the UK economy is 1.5% above its pre-coronavirus pandemic level in February 2020.
Economists had been expecting gross domestic product (GDP) - which measures activity in services, construction and industrial production - to grow by 0.3% in February following the lifting of most Covid restrictions in England at the end of January.
The ONS said the fall in industrial production was due to a 5.4% drop in the manufacture of transport equipment "driven entirely by the fall in manufacture of cars".
It added that production of computer and electronic products had fallen in February.
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