SCOTTISH business leaders have said they are not surprised that the UK economy stagnated in the last quarter of 2019, with manufacturing contracting for the third quarter in a row and the service sector slowing around the General Election period.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said yesterday’s figures also showed the economy grew by 1.4% in 2019, marginally higher than the 1.3% recorded in 2018.

Manufacturing output fell by 1.1% after some car factories paused work in November in case Britain left the European Union without a deal on October 31.

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