Economists have warned that the recent extreme weather conditions may threaten a second consecutive quarter of falling national output, fuelling fears that Britain may be on track for a triple-dip recession.
Samuel Tombs, of Capital Economics, said: "Given that most economic indicators suggest that the economy was barely growing at all before the latest bad weather struck, the snow could well be enough to cause GDP to fall for a second consecutive quarter."
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