>> Brexit may finally be taking a toll on the UK economy. Official figures out Thursday showing it slowed more than expected in the first three months of 2017. Rising inflation following last year's vote to leave the European Union has hit household spending according to the Office for National Statistics.
GDP grew just 0.2% instead of the predicted 0.3%. That as spending on retail, accommodation and household goods fell away. It's the economies slowest expansion in a year and comes just two weeks before Britons go to the polls in an early election. The country was one of the world's fastest growing major economies last year, shrugging off the initial shock of the June referendum.
But consumer spending was an important factor and that's now coming under pressure. Stores pushing up prices to cope with Sterling's sharp fall since the Brexit vote