Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander
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UK economy: Difficult road to prosperity, says Alexander

21 December 2012 Last updated at 10:56 GMT

The UK economy grew 0.9% in the third quarter, says Office for National Statistics (ONS), less than the 1% it had previously estimated.

Output from manufacturing and services sectors grew less than expected, the ONS said.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the figures showed the economy was on a "hard and difficult road to prosperity", and was the main priority for the government.