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The British economy grew at its slowest rate in five years during 2017 as consumers and businesses were held back by factors directly related to Brexit.Armed with more information following an initial estimate, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday the British economy expanded by only 0.4 percent in the October to December period, down from 0.5 percent before, largely due to lower than anticipated industrial output.Though Brexit isn't officially due to take place until March 2019, the vote to leave the EU has clearly hit consumers and businesses.Business investment during the fourth quarter was flat when compared to the year before, a sign of the impact of Brexit uncertainty.
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