"This underwhelming rebound in quarterly UK GDP highlights the worrying fragility in our economy as inflation, higher interest rates and waning customer demand weigh on activity.
“While GDP bounced back strongly in June, this reflects more the reversal of the squeeze on output from the extra bank holiday in May, rather than a meaningful improvement in our growth trajectory.
“The UK is entering a more challenging period where, with stubbornly high inflation, soaring interest rates and unseasonably wet weather, GDP is likely to weaken considerably in the third quarter, despite a boost from lower energy bills.
“While interest rates will probably rise again in September, additional tightening risks further destabilising an already brittle economy by further suffocating consumer spending and businesses investment.”
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