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Gross domestic product expanded 1.3% in the fourth quarter, that’s more than the 1% figure previously reported.

The U.K. economy grew stronger than expected at the end of last year, displaying resilience as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spread.

Service industries expanded more quickly than the ONS had previously estimated, and exports also enjoyed a bigger jump.

In 2020, GDP shrank 9.3% rather than the 9.4% previously estimated. The figures also showed the collapse in the economy at the height of the pandemic was not quite as bad as previously thought.

With a growth of 7.4%, down from the earlier estimate of 7.5% the rebound in 2021 was correspondingly shallower, but that is still the largest increase in GDP in a single year since World War II.

The shortfall was previously thought to have been 0.4% and puts Britain in the middle of the Group of Seven nations for economic performance. At the end of 2021, the economy was just 0.1% below its pre-pandemic peak.  

After the government’s furlough benefit for workers ended, the National Health Service recorded stronger activity by employment agencies, in September. The ONS said there was a marked increase in output for human health and social work activities, reflecting what was done to fight Covid.

Hospitality suffered with people staying away from restaurants especially at the end of the quarter after the omicron variant emerged. But there was a surge in retail activity with consumers returning to shops at the end of the year.

The trade deficit shrank sharply as exports rebounded following a third-quarter slump.  The U.K. also recorded a 4.7 billion pound surplus on investment income, the first surplus since 2011.

That reflects higher returns from investments that U.K. firms made abroad than their foreign counterparts made in Britain.

The current-account deficit, the gap between money coming into the U.K. and money leaving, narrowed sharply to 7.3 billion pounds in the fourth quarter. That was the lowest since the end of 2019 and it equals to 1.2% of GDP.

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