By Marcus Leach

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (Thursday) have revealed that the UK economy grew by 0.6% between July and September, which is faster than previous estimates of 0.5%.

According to the official figures the rise was down to strong performances in the service and construction sectors.

However, the volume of household expenditure was unchanged between Q2 and Q3 2011, following three quarters of negative growth.

Growth in the second quarter of the year was revised down from 0.1% to zero.

Despite the improved growth figure for the third quarter, analysts warned that the UK economy was still heading for tough times.

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