Softer retail figures slow down UK's economic growth
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) released its rolling three-month GDP forecast, which showed Britain's GDP grew by 0.6 percent between December and February.
This is 0.2 percentage points lower than the figure for November to January released last month.
Rebecca Piggott, a research fellow at NIESR, told Xinhua that the fall was "mostly driven by retail sales, which are weaker than last month, and production was not very strong."
"Robust consumer spending growth has supported the economic expansion throughout 2016, but there are now signs that this support is beginning to soften."
Piggott said the consumer price inflation (CPI) is expected to continue to increase throughout the rest of 2017, further reducing the contribution from consumer spending to economic growth. ■