U.K. industrial production unexpectedly declined in February, meaning that the sector may be a drag on growth in the first quarter.
The 0.3 percent drop followed a revised 0.2 percent increase in January, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday. Based on the current figures, output would need to surge 3.1 percent in March just to come in flat for the quarter.
Manufacturing production also fell in February, dropping 1.1 percent. It was down 1.8 percent from a year earlier.