The UK economy grew its strongest in nine months in April, helped by the reopening of shops, hairdressers and parts of the hospitality industry.
British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said it was a “promising sign that our economy is starting to recover”.
The so-called gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 2.3 percent monthly, despite an unexpected contraction in industrial production. It is still uncertain whether the British economy will continue to do well.
Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thought it was too early to say whether the last corona restrictions could be lifted on June 21. The end of the lockdown depends, among other things, on whether the current vaccines offer sufficient protection against the so-called Delta variant, which is spreading quickly.
In any case, Sunak emphasizes that the support measures from the government are not over for the time being. “There are people who still need our support,” he says.
With which the government wants to protect as many jobs as possible, the government’s unique leave scheme will remain in effect until September, he says.