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British economy plunges further into recession

25 July 2012 Last updated at 23:12 BST

The UK recession has deepened, latest official figures have shown, after the output of the economy fell by 0.7% between April and June.

A sharp slowdown in the construction sector was largely to blame, but the recent wet weather and the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday didn't help.

The contraction was much bigger than expected and follows a 0.3% drop in the first three months of the year.

Stephanie Flanders reports.