Service sector output rises 0.2 per cent in April

FIGURES published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the service sector expanded by 0.2 per cent in April from the previous month. The sector saw an increase of 2.0 per cent on the same month last year.

The ONS said that the largest contributions this year - at 0.6 percentage points each - came from government & other services, distribution, hotels & catering,and business services & finance.

In the past month strong growth areas include computer programming and consultancy & related activity, which both rose by 6.3 per cent.