Labour: Economic growth 'welcome & long overdue'

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has given a cautious welcome to the preliminary economic growth figures:

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After 3 damaging years of flatlining, this growth is both welcome & long overdue. But still no recovery in family living standards.

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Economy grows by 0.6%

The economy grew by 0.6% between April and June this year, according to preliminary figures. All sectors of the economy improved, with the service sector the largest contributor to GDP growth.