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Restaurants, bars and festivals helped economy pick up in August after rules eased

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UK economic growth picked up in August as bars, restaurants and festivals benefited from a first full month without COVID restrictions in England, official figures show.

Gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.4% month-on-month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – slightly below experts’ average forecast of 0.5% growth.

However the report also pointed to a setback for the previous month, with July GDP, initially estimated to have shown a small 0.1% increase, now believed to have seen a 0.1% decline.

That was after revisions to data from sectors including car manufacturing – an industry which has been badly hit by the global shortage of semiconductor chips.

Overall it meant that GDP in August was 0.8% below the pre-pandemic levels of February 2020, the ONS said.

Darren Morgan, ONS director of economic statistics, said: “The economy picked up in August as bars, restaurants and festivals benefited from the first full month without COVID-19 restrictions in England.

“This was offset by falls in health activity with fewer people visiting GPs and less testing and tracing.

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“However, later and slightly weaker data from a number of industries now mean we estimate the economy fell a little overall in July.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak responded by pointing to recent data showing growth in payroll jobs numbers and forecasts that UK growth will outpace other G7 countries.

 Sky News

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