According to the report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the increase in GDP was driven by the reopening of retail, restaurants and hotels that began in March with the return to primary and secondary student classes.
The figure announced by the Office for National Statistics on Thursday contrasts with the figure recorded in the first quarter of 2021, when most of the UK saw its third lockdown due to the pandemic, and the economy contracted by 1.6 per cent.
But in March, the government began reopening the economy as part of a roadmap to return to normal life that concluded on July 19 with the end of all restrictions, including the mandatory use of a face mask in shops and other places.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the economic growth figures published by the Office for National Statistics as encouraging.
According to the Conservative Governor on his Twitter account, although difficult times continue, the successful vaccination campaign against Covid-19 and the government’s program to create jobs and resist the British will help the country recover from the pandemic.
For his part, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak told the BBC that the growth reported on Thursday had exceeded many people’s expectations, and it would take some time for the economy and the financial sector to fully recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic.
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