The UK economy grew by just 0.2% in the second quarter of the year, helped by hotels and restaurants reporting a 2.2% increase in growth. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) means the economy has largely been flat since September last year with gross domestic product (GDP) shrinking by 0.5% in the last quarter of 2010 and growing by the same figure in the first three months of 2011. The slowdown had been forecast due to the impact of extra Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding, but also the fallout from Japan’s tsunami. Excluding these factors, the ONS said that the economy could have grown by 0.7% over the three months. Services made the biggest contribution to growth in the quarter, up 0.5%, however manufacturing decreased 0.3%, utilities fell 3.2% and mining and quarrying declined 6.5%. The new figures came a day after a spokesperson for Prime Minister David Cameron said that 2011 was “going to be a tough year” and increase the pressure on the Bank of England for more quantitative easing.