The UK economy grew 2.3% in April as pubs and restaurants reopened and the vaccine drive continued at pace
UK economygrew 2.3% in April as the government eased restrictions on the service sector.
economyremained 3.7% below its February 2020 level, before COVID-19 struck.
- Economists think the economy should grow further in May, when more rules were eased.
The UK economy grew 2.3% in April, figures showed on Friday, as restrictions were relaxed and pubs and restaurants in England were allowed to serve people outside.April's 2.3% growth in
"Strong growth in retail spending, increased car and caravan purchases, schools being open for the full month and the beginning of the
Despite the strong growth, UK GDP remained 3.7% smaller than in February 2020, before COVID-19 struck, according to the ONS.Another factor boosting the UK economy has been the rapid national rollout of coronavirus
The government lifted more restrictions in England in May, allowing people to go inside pubs and restaurants, and reopening cinemas.
"Most indicators suggest that the recovery progressed at a solid pace in May, especially after more restrictions on services businesses were lifted on May 17," Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said."For instance, the composite [purchasing managers' index] increased in May to its highest level since records began in 1998, while data from the British Retail Consortium suggest that retail sales volumes rose a little further, despite already exceeding their 2019 average by 10% in April."
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