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UK growth helped by World Cup and warm weather

The UK economy grew more strongly than expected in July as the heatwave and World Cup boosted the retail sector.

The Office for National Statistics said the economy grew by 0.3% in July, and by 0.6% over the three months to July - the fastest pace in almost a year.

"Services grew particularly strongly, with retail sales performing well, boosted by warm weather and the World Cup," said Rob Kent-Smith from the ONS.

The construction sector expanded but industrial output contracted.

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BBC News

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