Director general of the BCC John Longworth
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Exports drive 'UK economy into growth'

The UK economy returned to growth in the third quarter, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.

Based on its survey of 7,593 UK firms, the BCC says the economy grew by 0.5% between July and September, after three consecutive quarters of contraction.

The BCC said it did not agree with the Office for National Statistics' "gloomy estimation" that the UK has been in recession for the whole period.

BCC director general John Longworth told BBC News that the expected growth was down to strong export figures.

  • 02 Oct 2012
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