Financial progress within the UK picked up within the three months to June as development and companies have been lifted by the hotter climate, in line with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS).
The economic system grew by 0.4% within the interval, in contrast with a charge of 0.2% within the first quarter of the yr.
Nevertheless, the ONS added that underlying progress remained “modest”.
The ONS additionally stated that the economic system grew by 0.1% in June, down from a extra sturdy 0.3% within the earlier month.
The top of nationwide accounts on the ONS, Rob Kent-Smith, stated: “The economic system picked up a bit of within the second quarter, with each retail gross sales and development helped by the nice climate and rebounding from the results of the snow earlier within the yr.
“Nevertheless, manufacturing continued to fall again from its excessive level on the finish of final yr and underlying progress remained modest by historic requirements.
“The UK’s commerce deficit noticeably worsened, as exports of automobiles and planes declined sharply whereas imports rose.”
Figures from the ONS confirmed the overall UK commerce deficit widened by £4.7bn to £8.6bn within the three months to June.
The service sector – which accounts for practically 80% of the UK economic system – grew by 0.5% within the second quarter of the yr. Building output jumped 0.9%, however industrial manufacturing fell 0.8% throughout the interval.
The ONS additionally talked about World Cup celebrations as a contributing issue to the pick-up in progress.
Chancellor Philip Hammond stated: “We’re happy to see a restoration of the economic system within the second quarter – a sturdy determine which factors to the underlying basic energy of the British economic system.”
Nevertheless, the ONS stated: “Abstracting from these quarterly actions, the underlying pattern in actual GDP is one among slowing progress.
“The UK economic system grew by 0.6% within the first half of 2018, in contrast with the second half of 2017 – persevering with the declining pattern seen because the second half of 2014.”
Development ‘appears subdued’
Nancy Curtin, chief funding officer at Shut Brothers Asset Administration, stated: “A rebound in financial progress within the second quarter must be taken with a pinch of salt. Even with some acceleration, the economic system is much from its peak.
“The speed of progress appears subdued compared to some world friends, with the US economic system rising at twice the velocity.
“There are a variety of things underpinning sluggish financial growth; the EU, a serious buying and selling companion for the UK has additionally seen momentum sluggish and companies proceed to be hindered by Brexit uncertainty.”
Suren Thiru, head of economics on the British Chambers of Commerce, stated: “Whereas there was a welcome uptick in GDP progress within the second quarter, the figures have been flattered considerably by a really weak first quarter, and so does little to change the UK’s lacklustre progress trajectory.
“There’s little within the newest knowledge to recommend a sustained upturn within the UK’s financial progress prospects, or proof to corroborate the [Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee’s] choice to lift rates of interest.”