The UK economy grew by 0.2% between April and June following a rebound from an extra Bank Holiday for the King’s Coronation.
Growth in June was stronger than expected at 0.5%, showing a recovery when the economy lost one working day due to the national holiday in May.
June’s warm weather also benefited the construction industry as well as pubs and restaurants.
But the economy was impacted by strike action by NHS workers.The figures for the three months and June in particular were better-than-expected.
Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the Office for National Statistics, which published the data, said there were three factors that affected growth in June – the number of working days, weather and industrial action.