Britain’s economic growth slowed sharply to just 0.1% in October, the Office for National Statistics said.
The figure was lower than expected and suggests the recovery spluttered to almost to a standstill following growth of 0.6% the month before.
It added to concerns about the resilience of the UK’s economic bounce-back to the Omicron variant and the new “Plan B” restrictions that have been imposed to tackle its spread.
The ONS pointed to a sharp fall in construction output as builders faces higher costs and delays in the supply of materials such as steel, glass, concrete and timber.
There was also a decline in restaurants after a strong summer, with a 7.5% decline in food and beverage services activities.