UK economy grew 2.1% in August, as recovery from the pandemic slows


The White Lion pub seen at the Covent Garden. UK Covid-19 cases are now doubling every seven to eight days, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering national restrictions for a short period to “short-circuit” the virus.

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LONDON – The U.K. economy grew 2.1% in August on a monthly basis, as the country’s gradual recovery from the coronavirus crisis continued, albeit at a slightly slower pace.

August’s estimated growth in GDP (gross domestic product) was lower than expectations, with economists polled by Reuters expecting a monthly expansion of 4.6%. It follows an expansion of 6.4% in July, 9.1% in June and 2.7% in May, following a record 19.5%…


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