The UK’s sluggish economic growth has been kept on track by companies rushing to stockpile goods ahead of Brexit, official figures suggest.

GDP grew by 0.2% in February, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said – a performance it described as “modest” but which was better than expected amid worries about Brexit uncertainty holding back business.

Britain’s factories did much of the heavy lifting, with the manufacturing sector growing by 0.9% in February, accounting for about half of the monthly growth rate.

The ONS said it saw signs that clients of manufacturing firms were stockpiling goods ahead of any border delays after Brexit – which had been scheduled for 29 March.

GDP fell by 0.3% in December and grew 0.5% in January so overall growth for the three months to February was 0.3%.

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