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LONDON-Questionable construction data today from the locally based Office of National Statistics – a drop of 3% in the first quarter – was a factor in convincing many that the United Kingdom is again in a recession, unwelcome news for one of Europe’s central economies. The construction drop pushes GDP to a 0.2% drop in the first quarter, following a 0.3% GDP drop in the fourth quarter – two consecutive quarters of decline defining a recession.

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