Analysts are upgrading their UK growth forecasts ahead of a potential upwards revision to Q2 figures this Friday.
UK GDP grew by 0.6% in the second quarter, according to the initial estimate released by the Office for National Statistics on 25 July. The second of three estimates is due this Friday.
Investec chief economist Philip Shaw is among those expecting a small upwards revision to 0.7%, pointing to an over-cautious assessment of services sector growth.
That revision has been preceded by others upping their GDP forecasts for 2013 as a whole.
Capital Economics, typically among the more bearish of forecasters, has upgraded its 2013 forecast from 0.8% to 1.2%, based on a strong of recent positive data.
The firm's chief UK economist Vicky Redwood said there is still "a big question mark" over the sustainability of that growth, but added a recovery in real pay should pick up momentum next year.
"We are also nudging up next year's GDP growth forecast from 1.5% to 2%," Redwood added.
The Confederation of British Industry also upped its forecasts this week. The lobby group now expects UK growth to come in at 1.2% this year, up from a previous forecast of 1%, with 2014 figures raised from 2% to 2.3%.
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