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The UK economy grew just 0.8% in May as manufacturing troubles caused the rebound to lose steam

UK car production plunged in May, official data showed. Owen Humphreys-PA Images/Getty Images The UK economy undershot expectations to grow 0.8% in May, as bottlenecks in the manufacturing sector offset rapid growth in the hospitality industry, official data showed on Friday.That month-on-month growth in gross domestic product was well below the 1.7% uptick economists had been expecting. It compares with a 2% rise in April, revised down Friday from 2.3%. Overall, UK GDP was 3.1% smaller than before the pandemic in February 2020.The manufacturing sector badly underperformed in May, contracting 0.1%, the UK's Office for National Statistics said. Analysts were expecting strong growth in the sector.Transport equipment manufacturing suffered the most, falling 16.5% in May compared wit...