Britain's economic growth picked up pace in the third quarter of this year, boosting hopes that the country's nascent recovery is becoming more entrenched.
The U.K.'s third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.8 percent from the second quarter, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics released on Friday - its fastest growth since 2010.
The figure - which was in line with forecasts in a Reuters poll - marked a pick-up in economic expansion from the April-June period, when it came in at 0.7 percent. The year-on-year growth rate, of 1.5 percent, also met expectations.
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Martin McMahon, economist at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, said the data demonstrated the strength of Britain's economy.
"It's roaring ahead, really, and you would expect growth to become more broad-based from here, going through in the second-half of the year," he told CNBC after the release of the figures.
Friday's data revealed that Britain's dominant services sector continued to steam ahead, with growth of 0.7 percent from the second quarter, and manufacturing increased by 0.9 percent for the second consecutive quarter.
Construction output, meanwhile, increased by 2.5 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous three months - the strongest in more than three years as house building got a boost.
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