UK economy defies world slowdown in Q3

UK - Britain's economy grew at a much faster rate than expected in the third quarter of 2001, defying the global slowdown that has been exacerbated by last month's attacks on the United States, data showed on Friday.

National Statistics said the economy expanded a provisional 0.6 percent on the quarter, well above the 0.4 percent of the second quarter - a figure economists had expected to be repeated in the third.

That left an annual growth rate of 2.2 percent, and appeared to show the economy

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