UK economic growth accelerated for the first quarter of 2019 which was driven by the highest pick-up in manufacturing since the 1980’s.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 0.5% for the first quarter, as the original Brexit deadline loomed.
Compared to the previous quarter growth was 0.2% as car manufacturing fell to its steepest rate in under ten years.
GDP was up by 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year, and jn the quarter production output was up by 1.4%. This was boosted by a 2.2% hike in manufacturing.
Manufacturers delivered orders early as companies cleared their order books ready for the original Brexit withdrawal date of 29 March.