The U.K. economy continued its robust expansion in the second quarter and is now larger than at its pre-crisis peak at the start of 2008, overcoming some nascent signs of a faltering economy.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday that second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) came in at 0.8 percent on the quarter, which met economists' expectations. It followed growth of 0.8 percent in the first three months of the year.
The data mean the country's economy is now 0.2 percent larger than it was in the first quarter of 2008, the ONS said, adding that from peak to trough in 2009 the economy shrunk by 7.2 percent. It leaves output up 3.1 percent on a year ago.
The GDP figures followed some disappointing data from both industrial production and construction, which had given rise to concerns about the strength of the U.K.'s economy.
Earlier this month, the ONS revealed that manufacturing output fell 1.3 percent in May, while industrial production - a broader measure - slipped 0.7 percent.