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Last Updated: Friday, 25 August 2006, 09:25 GMT 10:25 UK
Consumer spending lifts UK growth
A rise in consumer spending helped the UK economy grow at its fastest rate in two years, Office for National Statistics figures have confirmed.

Gross domestic product grew 0.8% between April and June for an annual growth rate of 2.6%: a figure unchanged from the ONS's first estimates.

A 1% jump in household expenditure, as well as an acceleration in service sector growth, drove the increase.

In contrast, output from production industries weakened to fall 0.2%.

That compared with growth of 0.8% during the previous month.

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