UK economy grew by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2011, the second estimate from
the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed.
GDP expanded by 0.5% in the
previous three months, but contracted by 0.5% in the last three months of 2010.
Output in the
production industries decreased 1.6%; output in the construction sector
increased 0.5%; output in the service industries increased 0.5% and GDP
increased 0.7% in 2011 Q2 compared with 2010 Q2.
The ONS said growth from April to June was
contained by one-off factors including the extra bank holiday in April for the
royal wedding and the Japanese tsunami hitting the import of car parts.
The statistics office said that without the
one-off factors, growth between April and June compared with the previous
quarter could have reached 0.7%.
The UK economy is facing restriction on consumer
spending because of higher inflation, job losses and limited wage rises.
Inflation in July, as measured by the
government's preferred Consumer Prices Index, rose to 4.4% from 4.2% in June.
This is more than double the 2% target rate.
Meanwhile, the number of
people unemployed in the UK rose by 38,000 to 2.49m in the three months to June.