Gross domestic product (GDP) was up 2.3 percent in April – the biggest jump since July 2020 when it grew by 7.3 percent – according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. The growth in the UK economy could have been far greater but for a slowdown in the construction sector compared to strong growth the month before. A significant chunk of the growth was driven by non-essential retailers as they once again opened their doors to customers in England from April 12.
Clothes stores experiences a massive 69.4 percent boost.
Overall growth in the service sector came in at 3.4 percent, although this is still 4.1 percent below the pre-pandemic levels of February 2020.
This included restaurants, bars and cafes where the public could dine outdoors again, seeing a 39 percent surge in growth.
The easing of lockdown restrictions have also seen more households taking advantage of the ability to travel throughout the country again.
In April, this helped caravan parks and holiday lets jump significantly by 68.6 percent.
Hairdressers, which also opened their doors again on April 12, along with other personal services, grew 63.6 percent.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Today’s figures are a promising sign that our economy is beginning to recover.
“With more than a million people coming off furlough across March and April and the number of employees in work rising, it is clear that our Plan for Jobs is working.
“But I know there are people who still need our support, which is why the furlough scheme is in place until September to protect as many jobs as possible”.
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