The latest GDP figures for the fourth quarter are expected to be published today.
Businesses are braced for signs of further recession, with the economy expected to contract by 0.3%.
The most notable slump is expected to be seen in manufacturing and construction sectors. The figures are likely to have an impact on the already struggling retail sector.
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