It wasn't all bad news however, as September's growth figure was revised higher to 0.9% from 0.3%. It means construction output was 0.7% higher over the year, according to the Office for National Statistics figures.
The UK's market watchdog has signalled it will apply more stringent rules to the peer-to-peer lending sector amid concerns that larger businesses in the sector are growing to resemble lightly-regulated banks.
Irish fruit distributor Fyffes has agreed to a takeover by a subsidiary of Sumitomo, a deal that will value the London-listed company at €751m and allow the Japanese conglomerate to dramatically expand its European food business.
HOUSE price rises are at their strongest level since April, as the market shrugs off warnings it would be hit by Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU).
Beleaguered Southern rail passengers have been warned services will be "severely reduced" on Friday following three days of strike action.