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The UK economy shrank 2.6% in November as an increase in coronavirus infections and fresh restrictions exacted a heavy toll, official figures have shown, putting the country on track for a double-dip recession.
November’s drop was considerably lower than the 5.7% contraction economists predicted in a Reuters poll. But it meant the economy was 8.5% smaller than it was in February 2020, having been 6.1% smaller in October, the Office for National Statistics said.
Since November the UK government has tightened lockdown measures, meaning more pain is yet to come for the economy.
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