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UK economy grows by 0.8% in first quarter

The UK economy has grown for the fifth consecutive quarter - fuelled by strong performances in the service sector, construction and manufacturing.

It grew by 0.8% in the first three months of the year - and the overall economy is now just below the level it was before the recession began in 2008.

Gross domestic product (GDP) is a measure of a country's economic activity, including all the goods and services produced in a given period.

Hugh Pym reports.

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