ONS: Economy lifted

14 Sep 2018

UK GDP grew by 0.6 per cent in the three months to July, helped largely by strong output from services.

The UK economy grew by 0.3 per cent in July, and by 0.6 per cent over the three months to July, the fastest pace in almost a year. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is at its highest point since August last year, when it was also 0.6 per cent.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), while production slipped, a strong offering from construction helped growth. Events such as the World Cup and the recent heatwave also helped to bolster retail sales.

A spokesperson for the ONS, Rob Kent-Smith, comments: "The dominant service sector again led economic growth in the month of July with engineers, accountants and lawyers all enjoying a busy period, backed up by growth in construction, which hit another record high level."

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