The UK economy grew by more than expected in November, according to new figures, as the prospect of the country entering a recession at the end of the year hangs in the balance.
Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.3% in November, after declining by 0.3% in October, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Economists had been expecting GDP to rise by 0.2%.
The uplift was driven by the services sector, which rose by 0.4% during the month, and was the biggest contributor to economic growth.
The ONS’s chief executive Grant Fitzner said: “The economy contracted a little over the three months to November, with widespread falls across manufacturing industries, which were partially offset by increases in public services, which saw less impact from strike action.
“GDP bounced back in the month of November, however, led by services with retail, car leasing and computer games companies all having a buoyant month.
“The longer-term picture remains one of an economy that has shown little growth over the last year.”
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