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Sunak says economic growth likely slowed since September

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain, October 22, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. IMAGE MUST NOT BE ALTERED

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak said steps taken to restrict the spread of COVID-19 had likely slowed economic growth since September.

Official figures showed Britain’s economy grew by 1.1% in September from August.

“Today’s figures show that our economy was recovering over the summer, but started to slow going into autumn,” he said in a statement. “The steps we’ve had to take since to halt the spread of the virus mean growth has likely slowed further since then.”

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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