“Unless you know what the Olympic effect was you can't really say what this means"

Business quote of the day.

“Unless you know what the Olympic effect was you can't really say with any degree of accuracy about what this means for the overall recovery”

Peter Dixon of Commerzbank, as economists digest yesterday’s news that UK GDP has increased by 1 per cent in the last quarter. The government said this means the economy is “on the right track" but the Office for National Statistics have warned that figures had been artificially boosted by two short-term factors: the Olympic Games and June's extra bank holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
 

Short term boost. Photograph: Getty Images

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.