Jul 27, 6:58 AM EDT

Official figures show Britain's economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter _ which mostly pre-dates the vote to leave the European Union _ with expansion across services, particularly in retailing and auto manufacturing


Photo Gallery
Animal census at the London Zoo
Latest News from Britain
An iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will become public property after an appeal for donations raised 10 million pounds ($13 million) to keep it in Britain

French energy company EDF has approved a major nuclear power plant project in southwest England that some _ including one board member who announced his resignation _ consider too costly

Britain's High Court has struck down an attempt to remove the head of the country's divided Labour opposition from a contest for the party leadership

Boris Johnson has made his first official visit to Paris as the new British foreign secretary, meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault for talks on bilateral cooperation and the fight against extremism

Britain's Supreme Court has ruled against a plan by the Scottish government to appoint a non-family member adult to look out for every child

Lloyds Banking Group says it is cutting 3,000 more jobs and closing an additional 200 branches as it adjusts to changing consumer behavior and the uncertainty created by Britain's decision to leave the European Union

Multimedia
A district summary of the Beige Book
Measuring economic stress by county nationwide
Mall malaise: shoppers browse, but don't buy
Unemployment by the numbers
Family struggles with father's unemployment
Saying an affordable goodbye
Hard times hit small car dealer
Latest Economic News
Japan's central bank has opted for a modest expansion of its lavish monetary stimulus to help perk up sluggish growth and combat deflation

For years, the British government bragged about the country's economic performance, contrasting it with the eurozone, which was struggling with financial crises and stagnation

Official figures show Britain's economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter _ which mostly pre-dates the vote to leave the European Union _ with expansion across services, particularly in retailing and auto manufacturing

The U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is projecting a 0.8 percent slide in the region's economy this year

Nigeria's central bank hikes interest rate to 14 percent as recession looms for oil-rich state

A trade group is raising its forecast for retail sales growth this year to 3.4 percent, with more help from online sales, as the economy improves

South Korea's economic growth improved in the second quarter of the year, helped by stronger private spending and housing construction

A closely watched index of German business optimism has declined in July following Britain's vote to leave the European Union

Global finance officials promised Sunday to protect the world economy from the shockwaves of Britain's European Union referendum and to boost sluggish growth

Britain's economy appears to be shrinking at its fastest pace since the global financial crisis as a result of the vote to leave the European Union, but the rest of the region is holding up well, surveys showed Friday

Interactives
Greece's Debt Threatens to Spread
State budget
gaps map
Auto industry problems trickle down, punish Tennessee county
Women give old Derby hats a makeover in tough economy
S.C. town deals with highest unemployment in South
How mortgages were bundled and sold as securities
Tracking the $700 billion financial bailout
Tracking the year's job losses
State-by-state foreclosures since 2007
Credit crisis explained
Presidents and their economic legacies
Lexicon of the financial crisis
Americans' addiction to debt

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's economy grew faster than expected in the run-up to the vote to leave the European Union, official figures showed Wednesday - little consolation for a country that is already seeing business activity decline sharply as a result of the referendum's outcome.

The Office for National Statistics said that the economy grew by a relatively strong 0.6 percent in the three months through June, compared with the previous quarter. That's up from the first quarter's 0.4 percent growth and above analyst forecasts for 0.5 percent.

The growth was helped by a strong rise in the notoriously volatile figures for industrial output, as well as expansion in services and retailing. The statistics agency suggests that any uncertainties ahead of the June 23 vote seemed to have had a limited impact on the economy.

Treasury chief Philip Hammond said it shows that the fundamentals of the British economy are strong and that it is "clear we enter our negotiations to leave the EU from a position of economic strength."

Analysts, however, note that the economy is due to grind to a halt or even contract after the vote, which has seen business activity take a substantial hit. Many still expect the Bank of England to provide more stimulus at its next meeting in August.

A survey of executives in the services and manufacturing sectors carried out in the wake of the vote and published last week was dire. It showed manufacturing companies were cutting jobs and that confidence in the services sector had plummeted as businesses saw output and new orders drop amid the uncertainty. Overall, it indicated that the economy was likely falling at its fastest pace since early 2009.

Business activity may stabilize somewhat after the initial post-vote shock captured by that survey, but experts agree that the economy is in for a period of turbulence and uncertainty.

"While the treasury may points toward these figures as an indication that the U.K. economy can still flourish, we are now living in very different times post-Brexit, and it is highly likely we will see UK GDP contract in the third and fourth quarters," said James Mills, analyst at currency exchange service UKForex.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.