Fears for the UK economy have grown after figures suggested the powerhouse services sector shrank last month for the first time in two years.
The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) survey showed a reading of 48.9 in December, down from 50.2 in November and below the 50 mark which separates growth from contraction.
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