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Campsites contribute to UK economy growth

Demand for campsites has helped contribute to the UK’s economy growth as more people opted for a campsite staycation over the summer, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

The economy grew by 0.4 per cent in August with the services sector making the biggest contribution to economic growth in the first full month after all Covid restrictions were lifted in England.

Hotels and campsites recorded 22.9 per cent growth, according to the ONS.

Arts, entertainment and recreation grew by nine per cent, boosted by sports clubs, amusement parks and festivals.

Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS said: “The economy picked up in August as bars, restaurants and festivals benefited from the first full month without Covid-19 restrictions in England.

“However, later and slightly weaker data from a number of industries now mean we estimate the economy fell a little overall in July.”

Restrictions on social distancing were eased from 19 July.

The ONS said the economy is now 0.8 per cent smaller than it was before the pandemic.

Economic growth fell by 0.1 per cent in July compared with initial estimates of 0.1 per cent growth.

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