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Hunt wants huge increase in defence spending to help ‘great ally’ US

Foreign secretary’s hawkish proposal to strengthen ‘hard power’ likely to win favour with Tory members in looming leadership contest

UK manufacturing slump drags down GDP growth, official figures show

The sector contracted by 0.3 per cent in the month, with a poor performance by the car industry and pharmaceuticals highlighted by the Office for National Statistics

Biggest third quarter fall in UK business investment in nearly 3 years

The 1.1 per cent decline confirms the picture of firms cancelling or postponing investment due to Brexit uncertainty

UK manufacturing 'stuck in doldrums' in June

The Purchasing Managers’ Index survey came in at 54.4 in the month, up slightly on May’s figure but well down from the recent peak of 58 at the end of 2017

Pound sterling value rises thanks to better UK GDP figures

The Office for National Statistics said that growth in the three months to March was 0.2 per cent, rather than its previous estimate of 0.1 per cent

UK economic growth stronger than expected in final quarter of 2017

Numbers are better than initial predictions, but still indicate slow expansion say analysts 

UK economy is 'weak and stable' says OBR's Robert Chote

Robert Chote, the chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility, made the comments, which subvert Theresa May's pre-election 'strong and stable' boast about her leadership, in an interview