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  /  Economy   /  UK economic growth accelerates thanks to warm weather and more jobs

UK economic growth accelerates thanks to warm weather and more jobs

The economy grew by 0.4% in the period, compared with a rate of 0.2% in the first quarter of the year.

However, the ONS added that underlying growth remained “modest”.

The ONS also said that the economy grew by 0.1% in June, down from a more robust 0.3% in the previous month.

The head of national accounts at the ONS, Rob Kent-Smith, said: “The economy picked up a little in the second quarter, with both retail sales and construction helped by the good weather and rebounding from the effects of the snow earlier in the year.

“However, manufacturing continued to fall back from its high point at the end of last year and underlying growth remained modest by historical standards.

“The UK’s trade deficit noticeably worsened, as exports of cars and planes declined sharply while imports rose.”

The service sector – which accounts for nearly 80% of the UK economy – grew by 0.5% in the three-month period. Construction output jumped 0.9%, but industrial production fell 0.8% during the quarter.

The ONS also mentioned World Cup celebrations as a contributing factor.