Growth in economy is welcomed by chief

A Derbyshire business expert has welcomed the Office for National Statistics’ preliminary estimate for gross domestic product output which shows the UK economy has grown by 0.6per cent in the second three months of the year.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, the second largest chamber in the UK, said: “Any rise in GDP has to be welcomed and should help boost both consumer and business confidence.

“It must be stressed though that these are preliminary figures and could be subject to adjustment in coming weeks, but growth of 0.6 per cent in the second quarter compared with 0.3 per cent in the first three months of the year shows that the economy is slowly moving in the right direction.”