The British economy collapsed in the second quarter by the most on record and the worst showing of any major economy during the pandemic.
The U.K. gross domestic product quarter-on-quarter fall of 20.4% in the second quarter worse than even hard-hit France and Spain.
The 20.4% decline was slightly better than the 21.2% decline forecast by economists.
“The economy began to bounce back in June with shops reopening, factories beginning to ramp up production and housebuilding continuing to recover. Despite this, GDP in June still remains a sixth below its level in February, before the virus struck,” said ONS Deputy National Statistical for Economic Statistics Jonathan Athow.