Weather and world cup behind economic growth improvement

The UK economy grew by 0.4% in the second quarter of the year, continuing the sluggish performance.

The figure is up from 0.2% in the first three months of the year, as the economy started to recover after the bad winter weather impacted growth.

The economy has grown by more than 0.5% in just one of the 10 quarters since the EU referendum.

Economists had forecast 0.4% growth in the quarter, with good weather, a Royal Wedding and the World Cup all factors in driving consumer behaviour. Other data has shown strong performance in food and drink sales, although household appliances and other spending has been under pressure.