The UK economy grew by 0.6% in September, but previous months' estimates were revised lower, resulting in GDP being 0.6% lower than it was in February 2020, just before the UK entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The Office for National Statistics revealed that GDP declined by 0.2% in July, higher than the previously projected 0.1% drop, and that output rose by only 0.2% in August, lower than the previously reported 0.4% increase.

"While monthly output rebounded during the quarter from July's contraction, this is more likely to reflect a transitory lift from restrictions easing than a meaningful improvement," said Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce.

Stronger output in the health sector supported September's growth as individuals resumed visiting their doctors, resulting in a 0.7% increase in the services sector from August. However, since gas distribution shrank for the fourth month in a row, industrial output fell by 0.4%.

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GDP rose by 1.3% in Q3, the weakest three-month growth since Britain was placed under lockdown in early 2021. 

Although the world's fifth-largest economy shrunk by nearly 10% in 2020, the International Monetary Fund predicts that it will expand at the quickest rate of any Group of Seven nations in 2021, when it is predicted to increase by 6.8%.

However, due to a mix of rising COVID-19 cases, global supply chain issues, and post-Brexit labour shortages, the swift recovery from lockdown observed in the spring gave way to slower growth in the summer.

The BoE stated last week, as it kept interest rates on hold, that recent economic growth had been less than projected, and that it would keep a careful eye on the labour market after the government's job protection scheme expired on October 1.