The Office for National Statistics said the economy grew by 0.3% in July, and by 0.6% over the three months to July – the fastest pace in almost a year.

“Services grew particularly strongly, with retail sales performing well, boosted by warm weather and the World Cup,” said Rob Kent-Smith from the ONS.

The construction sector expanded but industrial output contracted.

“The dominant service sector again led economic growth in the month of July with engineers, accountants and lawyers all enjoying a busy period, backed up by growth in construction, which hit another record high level,” said Mr Kent-Smith.