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Rolling coverage of the latest UK growth figures for the third quarter of this year BREAKING: UK economy grew by 0.6% in Q3 thanks to July boom But no growth in September Introduction: Why today’s growth figures matter But....UK expected to be weakest EU country in 2019 9.50am GMT Better news: Britain’s exporters helped to drive growth up over the summer. The ONS says that net trade made the largest positive contribution to GDP growth in the last three months, thanks to a 2.7% rise in exports. Imports were flat. 9.49am GMT Another blow: business investment fell by 1.2% between Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 2018. This is the sharpest decline since the first quarter of 2016 and marked the third consecutive quarterly fall – which has not been seen since the global financial crisis, the ONS says. Continue reading...