The economic growth between July and September was driven by positive results from the services and production sectors, according to figures from the ONS.
Both grew after disappointing results in the second quarter.
- Services grew by 1.3%, following a 0.1% drop in the previous quarter
- Industrial production increased by 1.1%, following a 0.7% decline in the previous quarter.
- Construction remains under pressure, shrinking by 2.5% in the third quarter, or 10.8% in the year to September.
- Agriculture maintained its downward trend, shrinking by 2.2%.
Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Today's GDP figures are obviously good news, but the Chancellor is rightly cautious about the state of the recovery.
Underlying growth is a rather less impressive 0.3 per cent when the Olympics and bank holidays are taken into account.
Official figures are expected to confirm today that the UK economy has pulled out of recession. But future growth could remain slow.