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Surge in Visits to Doctors Drives Unexpected Jump in UK Economy

  • Construction and manufacturing also rebounded in May
  • Signs of weakness in consumer spending point to risks ahead
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WATCH: The UK economy grew at 0.5% in May. Lizzy Burden reports.Source: Bloomberg
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A surge in visits to doctors and holiday bookings drove an unexpected jump in UK economic growth in May, offsetting continued weakness on spending at the shops.

Gross domestic product rose by a surprisingly robust 0.5% after an 0.2% decline in April, a figure that was revised higher, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists had forecast growth of 0.1%.