Growth in the UK economy has slowed to its lowest rate in almost a decade, the Office for National Statistics said.
Year-on-year GDP growth slowed to 1% in the three months to the end of September – the lowest since the first three months of 2010.
Even so, the economy has avoided recession after expanding in the three months to the end of September.
The economy had shrunk in the second quarter and two quarters of contraction would have signalled a recession.
In the three months to the end of September, though, the economy did not grow as fast as forecast.
GDP increased by 0.3% – slower than the 0.4% expected.
A statistician at the ONS said: “GDP grew steadily in the third quarter, mainly thanks to a strong July.
“Services again led the way, with construction also performing well. Manufacturing failed to grow, as falls in many industries were offset by car production bouncing back following April shutdowns.
“Looking at the picture over the last year, growth slowed to its lowest rate in almost a decade.
“The underlying trade deficit narrowed, mainly due to growing exports of both goods and services.”