Britain’s economy grew for a third straight month in July, expanding by 6.6% as lockdown restrictions eased, but has yet to recover even half of the output lost to the coronavirus pandemic, the national statistics agency,¬†said on Friday.

The expansion, which was in line with expectations for a rise of 6.7%, followed June’s 8.7% increase and May’s 2.4% rise. The economy contracted at a record 20.4% pace in April, when the pandemic was at its worst, with over 1,000 deaths a day at one point.

Manufacturing and construction showed improvements, while the services sector, which makes up around three quarters of total economic activity, continued to struggle.

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