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Sudden fall in UK industry output
Worker on Oxford mini production line
The figures show economic growth could be slowing
Industrial output across the UK dropped unexpectedly in October, declining at its fastest pace in more than a year.

Output from factories, mines and utilities fell 0.8% in October, the biggest fall since August 2005, said the Office for National Statistics.

Output for manufacturers alone fell 0.4% in October, the worst performance in 12 months.

Despite the dips in output, the Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates on hold at 5% this week.

The bank has to strive to curb inflation without hindering economic growth.

October's figures were affected by a sharp fall in energy output, as mild weather reduced demand for heating.

Industrial output increased by 0.2% in September and had been expected to rise by 0.1% in October.

Investec economist Philip Shaw said the latest figures were very disappointing.




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