Shoppers walk past a Debenham's store in central London, Britain June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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While there was a hint of an improvement in the dominant services sector as the second quarter began, the picture was bleak for consumers who are Britain's main drivers of growth.The ONS said business investment grew by a quarterly 0.6 percent in the first three months of 2017, only partially offsetting a fall in the fourth quarter.Growth was up 0.2 percent in the three months to April, faster than 0.1 percent in the first three months of the year.The ONS confirmed the economy grew by just 0.2 percent in the January-March period from the previous three months, down from growth of 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 .
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