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UK growth helped by World Cup and warm weather

UK growth helped by World Cup and warm weather

The UK economy grew by 0.3% in July after being helped by the heatwave and the World Cup, according to the Office for National Statistics.In the three months to July, the economy expanded by 0.6%."Services grew particularly strongly, with retail sales performing well, boosted by warm weather and the World Cup," said Rob Kent-Smith from the ONS. "The construction sector also bounced back after a weak start to the year," he added, but production contracted."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," said Mr Kent-Smith.
The 0.6% growth rate for the three months to July was at the top end of forecasts, and marks a pick-up from the 0.4% rate seen in the three months to June.
Office for National Statistics
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