UK economic growth has been revised up to 0.9% this quarter, from the previous estimate of 0.8%.

GDP was also 3.2% higher in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, meeting previously published estimates.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) say that the UK economy passed its pre-recession peak in the third quarter of 2013.

This happened much sooner than expected, with previous estimates predicting the recovery point would not be reached until the second quarter of 2014.

Current estimates show that GDP was in fact 2.7% higher than the pre-crisis peak by this time.

Output growth has also continued, with growth in services now 6.4% above the pre-downturn peak, and output in production and construction also continuing to grow.

However, even after these revisions, the data shows that the recession of 2009 was still the biggest plunge in output in decades.

Furthermore, the recovery has still been slower than after the recessions of the 1970s and 80s, mainly due to government austerity and the Eurozone crisis.

This being said, the UK is still recovering much faster than the average rate across the EU.