LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Britain's gross domestic product rose 0.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011, the Office of National Statistics said Tuesday.
In the report, which is considered an advanced estimate, the growth in Britain's total economic output slowed from the 0.6 percent growth of the second quarter.
ONS said output at manufacturing industries rose by 0.5 percent in the third quarter after dropping 1.2 percent in the previous quarter.
The construction sector contracted by 0.6 percent in the third quarter, after rising 1.1 percent in the second.
Output at service industries, up 0.2 percent in the second quarter, rose 0.7 percent in the third.
ONS said comparing the third quarter to the second "is complicated by the special events in Q2," pointing out the royal wedding in April added an additional bank holiday to the quarter
"It may be wise to look at 2011 Q2 and 2011 Q3 together, rather than separately. On that basis GDP has grown by 0.6 percent in the last two quarters and by 0.5 per cent in the last year," ONS said.