British economy rebounded 1.8% in May as coronavirus blockages began to ease

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Buyers wearing protective masks walk in the rain on Oxford Street in London on June 18, 2020, while some non-essential retailers reopen after their coronavirus shuts down.Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images

The British economy grew 1.8% in May as the country began to gradually ease the lockdown measures, official figures revealed on Tuesday.Economists polled by Reuters expected a rebound of 5.5% over the month.

The reading comes after a monthly contraction of 20.4% in April, the strongest ever recorded in the country, at the height of its general restrictive measures against the coronaviruses that ravaged economic activity.

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