Sunak hails ‘promising sign’ as April reopening sees fastest GDP growth since last summer


Britain’s economy grew by 2.3% in April as the high street and hospitality sector reopened, official figures show.

That meant that GDP was a record 27.6% larger compared with the same month last year when the nation was in the grip of the first coronavirus lockdown.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak hailed it as a “promising sign that our economy is beginning to recover”.

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The chancellor acknowledged that workers continued to need support

The data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covers a period when non-essential retail as well as outdoor drinking and dining were allowed to resume – on 12 April.

It followed a subdued start to the year when latest lockdown measures had sent the economy into reverse gear.

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