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A "dramatic" fall in car production and an easing of stockpiling by manufacturers meant the economy shrank in April, official figures show. The economy shrank 0.4% compared with the month before, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The contraction meant growth for the three months to April slowed to 0.3%. Factory shutdowns designed to cope with disruption from a March Brexit, slashed UK car production in April by nearly half, the industry said last month. ONS statistician Rob Kent-Smith said: "Growth showed some weakening across the latest three months, with the economy shrinking in the month of April mainly due to a dramatic fall in car production, with uncertainty ahe... Full story

10 June