Britain's government desperately wanted a robust number to justify its austerity policies, and seemed at least pleasantly surprised."Today's figures are an encouraging sign the economy is healing. Despite a tough economic backdrop, we are making progress," Treasury chief George Osborne said. "We all know there are no easy answers to problems built up over many years, and I can't promise the road ahead will always be smooth, but by continuing to confront our problems head on, Britain is recovering and we are building an economy fit for the future."
Britain Dodges Recession As Economy Grew In Q1
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