Jul 27, 4:58 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
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

GlaxoSmithKline is investing some 275 million pounds ($360 million) into three plants in Britain, sweeping aside concerns about growth following the country's decision to leave the European Union

Two Canadian airline pilots charged with being drunk as they prepared to fly a passenger jet on a trans-Atlantic route have been bailed on condition they surrender their passports

Anheuser-Busch InBev increased its cash offer for SABMiller to 45 pounds per share after pressure from investors who had seen the value of the bid drop as the pound declined following Britain's vote to leave the European Union

The suspected serial killer of four London men he met on gay dating websites is facing new charges of drugging and sexually assaulting eight others

Prince William says son George got too many presents on his 3rd birthday; 'far too spoiled'

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
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

Japan's government and central bank appear to be readying a fresh dose of economic stimulus to help revive stalling growth

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

South Korea's central bank says North Korea's economy shrank 1.1 percent last year, in its first contraction in five years

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 second quarter - a period that mostly pre-dates the vote to leave the European Union - with expansion across services, particularly in retailing and auto manufacturing.

The Office of National Statistics said Wednesday that the economy grew by a quarterly rate of 0.6 percent, up from 0.4 percent in the first quarter.

The chief economist for the ONS, Joe Grice, says the indicator suggested that any uncertainties ahead of the vote seemed to have had a limited impact on the economy.

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

© 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.