The UK economy expanded by 0.6% in the three months to September – its strongest quarter in almost two years – but there are growing signs of a slowdown ahead of Brexit.

Early official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) pointed to hot summer weather boosting consumer spending and a good performance from trade.

But it said demand took a hit in September as temperatures cooled – with business investment contracting at the fastest pace since early 2016 as attention turned to uncertainties over the country’s future trading relationship with the EU.

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