The economy grew by 2.3% in April 2021

The Office for National Statistics estimates that GDP grew by 2.3% in April this year as Government restrictions continued to cease, causing the fastest monthly growth since July 2020.

Data shows that GDP in April was still 3.7% below the national output seen in February 2020, but stood 1.2% above the initial recovery peak in October 2020.

Services grew by 3.4% in April, while accommodation service activities grew significantly by 68.6% as caravan parks and holiday lets opened up.

Food and beverage service activities grew by 39%, meanwhile, as pubs, restaurants and cafes were able to service customers in outdoor seating areas.

Output in the production sector fell by 1.3% while construction saw its first dropoff since December 2020, falling by 2%.

Production, mining and quarrying output fell by 15% in April due to a series of planned temporary closures for maintenance of oil field production sites.

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