UK GDP grew by 0.6% in the three months to July, up from 0.4% in Q2 and beating analysts' expectations of 0.5%, as retail sales were boosted by the hot weather and England reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup.
According to the Office for National Statistics, services saw the strongest area of growth with the industry growing 0.6%, boosting overall growth to its highest level since August 2017.
Furthermore, retail trade and wholesale trade expanded by 2.1% and 1.6%, respectively.
However, manufacturing production dropped by 0.2% in July due to negative growth in pharmaceutical products.
Rob Kent-Smith, head of GDP at the ONS, said: "Growth in the economy picked up in the three months to July. Services grew particularly strongly, with retail sales performing well, boosted by warm weather and the World Cup. The construction sector also bounced back after a weak start to the year.
"However, production fell back, with manufacturing again slipping a little while energy generation and supply fell due to reduced demand.
"The dominant service sector again led economic growth in the month of July with engineers, accountants and lawyers all enjoying a busy period, backed up by growth in construction, which hit another record high level."
In July, the ONS replaced its traditional quarterly release by publishing a monthly GDP estimate.
Andrew Wishart, UK economist at Capital Economics, commented: "The more timely survey evidence suggests that the economy grew at about 0.4% in August, so the strength of GDP growth seen in July may prove to be fleeting.
"Indeed, the surveys suggest that while the contraction in manufacturing has now come to an end, the sector will continue to lag behind services.
"Nonetheless, today's GDP figures present a slight upside risk to our forecast that the economy will grow at 0.4% quarter on quarter in Q3."
Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, said: "The services sector saw good growth in July and the ONS picked out engineers, accountants and lawyers as especially busy, while the construction sector also saw a good recovery in activity.
"Production and manufacturing fell back but they are relatively small parts of the overall economy, and the picture presented by today's data suggests that the third quarter is building on the momentum seen in the second quarter rather than reverting to the weakness seen in the first quarter.
"These are reassuring figures but sterling responded with only a small rise which may be due to the fact that the growth was influenced on unusual factors like the World Cup and the heatwave."
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