The UK’s economic system grew by 0.8% in Might as coronavirus restrictions eased to permit pubs and eating places to serve indoors.
This marked the fourth consecutive month of progress, nevertheless it was a slower charge than analysts had anticipated.
It was additionally a slowdown from April, when the economic system grew 2% as restrictions eased for non-essential retailers and hospitality companies might serve exterior.
The economic system remains to be 3.1% under pre-pandemic ranges, the Office for National Statistics said.
Pubs and eating places “had been answerable for the overwhelming majority of the expansion seen in Might”, mentioned Jonathan Athow, ONS deputy nationwide statistician for financial statistics
“Lodges additionally noticed a marked restoration as restrictions lifted,” he added.
Lodging and meals providers grew by an enormous 37.1% in Might, with the general providers sector rising 0.9%.
However UK carmakers struggled with a scarcity of microchips.
Wanting forward, Emma-Lou Montgomery, affiliate director at Constancy Worldwide, mentioned: “A sporting summer season could indirectly trigger an ‘it is coming residence’ bounce, however the influence on client confidence cannot be ignored.
“That being mentioned, there are a lot of unknowns forward. The UK is about on its roadmap to ‘freedom day’ however instances are rising, challenges within the labour market persist and the preliminary spending growth might gradual in tempo.”