UK economic growth picks up to 0.4%

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The UK’s economy grew by 0.4% in the three months to June, boosted by construction and services, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

That compares with a growth rate of 0.2% in the first quarter of the year.

Following recent changes in the way the UK’s GDP is calculated, the ONS also produced a monthly indicator, showing 0.1% growth for June.

In the previous month, GDP growth was a more robust 0.3%.

“The pick-up in quarter two reflects, to some extent, consumers taking advantage of the warm weather and World Cup celebrations,” the ONS said.

However, it added: “Abstracting from these quarterly movements, the underlying trend in real GDP is one of slowing growth.

“The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the first half of 2018, compared with the second half of 2017 – continuing the declining trend seen since the second half of 2014.”


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