LONDON | UK economy gets World Cup lift in face of Brexit uncertainty

LONDON | UK economy gets World Cup lift in face of Brexit uncertainty

LONDON — A spike in consumer spending driven by warm weather and England‘s surprise advance to the semifinals of the soccer World Cup helped the British economy post its best growth in nearly two years during the third quarter, official figures showed Friday.

However, the 0.6 percent quarterly rate may not be sustainable. It was mostly reliant on a sharp pick-up in consumption, particularly of food and drink, during July, when temperatures regularly surpassed 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and Harry Kane led his England team to the final four in Russia.

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