Economy grows for third consecutive monthOffice for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that GDP rose for the third consecutive month in April, with the economy growing 2.3% as the easing of lockdown measures delivered a rebound in consumer spending. While the increase marks the fastest monthly growth since July 2020, the economy is still 3.7% below a pre-pandemic peak recorded in February 2020. Analysis shows that GDP grew by 1.5% in the three months to April compared with the previous three months. While GDP shrank by 1.5% in Q1, on a monthly basis the economy has been recovering ever since a 2.5% contraction in January, posting growth of 0.7% in February and 2.1% in March. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that the ONS figures released yesterday were "a promising sign that our economy is beginning to recover".