UK economy grows at 0.5pc

The UK economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the first three months of the year, official figures have confirmed.

The figures were the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) second look at the GDP data, which were first published last month.

Although the manufacturing and service sectors had performed well, the ONS said construction continued to suffer.

The growth during the first quarter followed a contraction in GDP of 0.5 per cent in the final three months of 2010.