LONDON: The UK’s economy had higher than expected growth in the three months to September – increasing the chances of a rise in interest rates in November.
Gross domestic product (GDP) for the quarter rose by 0.4%, compared with 0.3% in each of 2017’s first two quarters, according to latest Office for National Statistics figures.
Economists said the figures were a green light for a rate rise next week.
If it happens, it will be the first rise since 5 July 2007.
The financial markets are now indicating an 84% probability that rates will rise from their current record low of 0.25% when the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets on 2 November.