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The latest survey on the UK manufacturing sector showed activity, output and new orders fell in November at the fastest pace since July 2017.
The CIPS/Markit UK manufacturing PMI dipped to 50.7 in November, from 52.7 in October.
The data is in line with official estimates that point to 0.3 per cent growth in the UK economy for the three months to the end of October, although that won’t hold through to the end of the year if there is a no-deal Brexit in the UK in March.
The services sector PMI, which accounts for 75 per cent of UK economic output, is due on Wednesday.
Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said:
Businesses are growing more cautious about the outlook, with both expectations and order books growing less quickly than they did in October. Uncertainty surrounding a no-deal Brexit looks to be the key issue.
However, the Purchasing Managers’ Index for the broader service sector, due on Thursday, is set to show a marginal increase from October’s 51.5 to 52.0. The modest uptick comes as the EU negotiations falter, with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk meeting the UK prime minister Theresa May in Brussels to discuss Brexit.