Inflation puts the brakes on Britain’s economic activity

Official GDP estimate – due on Friday – will reflect how weaker pound has pushed up the cost of imported goods

Britain’s economy cooled considerably in the first three months of the year as higher inflation put a squeeze on disposable incomes, official figures are expected to show this week.

The economy shrugged off the shock of the Brexit vote last June and has been surprisingly resilient, with growth rates of 0.5% in the third quarter of 2016 and 0.7% in the final quarter.

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