GDP rose 2.1% but is lower than expected as Covid lockdown measures were relaxed
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Britain’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic slowed in August despite the government’s eat out to help out scheme fuelling a rise in consumer spending.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said gross domestic product rose by 2.1% in August compared with the previous month as the rebound faltered in the late stages of summer before new restrictions were imposed, falling short of expectations among City economists for a monthly growth rate of 4.6%.