Britain's economy returns to growth more slowly than expected

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GDP for May at 1.8% disappoints analysts expecting a bigger boost after lockdown

The British economy returned to growth more slowly than expected in May following the sharpest plunge on record a month earlier, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 1.8% in May as the economy staged a modest recovery from April, when GDP crashed by a fifth during the first full month of lockdown.

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