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UK economy grew more slowly than expected in July

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Note: The UK economy grew by 0.2% in July, according to official data, following a sharp drop in the previous month.The Office
 The UK economy grew by 0.2% in July, according to official data, following a sharp drop in the previous month.
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The Office for National Statistics said the services sector was the biggest contributor to growth, helped by the UK hosting the Women's Euro Championship.

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However, while the economy expanded in July, the growth was slower than the 0.3% expansion analysts had expected.

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Gross domestic product (GDP) fell in June due to the extra bank holiday for the Queen's Jubilee.

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GDP - which measures all the goods and services produced by the UK - fell by 0.6% in June because of two fewer working days.

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Analysts have said the bank holiday for Queen Elizabeth's state funeral on 19 September, as well as the 10 days of national mourning, could impact economic growth and push the UK into recession sooner than expected.

 
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Last month, the Bank of England said it expected the UK to fall into recession at the end of this year.

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A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters, or three-month periods, of shrinking output. Between April and June, the economy contracted by 0.1% compared with the previous quarter.

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Sport and cars boost July

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In July, the economy was helped by the Women's Euro Championships, which was won by England, and the the Commonwealth Games. Second-hand car sales were also strong.

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However, there was evidence elsewhere that consumer spending remained under pressure because of rising prices, as inflation reached a four decade high of 10.1% in July.

 
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