United Kingdom economic growth picked up in the third quarter of the year to a better than expected 0.4%, according to preliminary figures.
United Kingdom productivity, as measured by economic output per hour, has fallen in every quarter since before the global financial crisis - with the United Kingdom now 18 per cent below its 2007 high, according to the Office for National Statistics.
"Both the services sector and the manufacturing sector experienced a rise in output, but the construction sector contracted for the second quarter in succession".
The increase could persuade the Bank of England to raise its main interest rate from the record low of 0.25 per cent at its next meeting in November as it tries to bring down inflation, which is now running at 3 per cent, a full percentage point above the official target.
The former head of business lobby the CBI said: "The UK economy has grown a bit in the last five years and we have created lots of jobs, but they have been low productivity jobs".
Responding to the GDP announcement, the Chancellor said: "We have a successful and resilient economy which is supporting a record number of people in employment".
The dominant services sector increased by 0.4% for a second quarter, with a strong performance in computer programming, motor trades and retail trade.
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"However, construction output fell for the second consecutive quarter, although it remains above its pre-downturn peak".
The pound clawed back a more than cent against the dollar, trading close to $1.33, after the ONS figures were announced as the prospect of a rate rise seemed more assured.
Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "A slightly improved performance from the United Kingdom economy in Q3, with output growing by 0.4%".
In year-on-year terms, third-quarter growth was unchanged at 1.5%, also slightly stronger than analysts had expected.
According to the ONS, the figures bring the estimated full year growth to 1.5% - meaning that the economy is expanding at a slower rate than in 2016, which stood at an annualised rate of 1.8%. "Brexit-related uncertainty is the obvious scapegoat - and it has played a part, discouraging business investment and causing a spike in inflation".
"But we should not overdo the gloom as there is nothing in this or other recent data to suggest that the slowdown is in danger of turning into a recession".
Another report from the ONS showed that the index of services climbed 0.2 percent in August from July.
Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, responded: "The UK is not growing as fast as many of our trading partners in the European Union or the U.S., and it is becoming increasingly clear that this government has to use next month's Budget for a change of direction".