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Osborne: GDP figures 'an encouraging sign'

The UK economy has avoided falling back into a recession after recording faster-than-expected growth in the first three months of the year.

The Office for National Statistics said its first estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) showed the economy grew 0.3% during the first quarter of 2013.

Speaking to the BBC's Stephanie Flanders, Chancellor George Osborne said it was an encouraging sign.

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