The UK financial system accelerated within the first quarter of 12 months to develop by 0.5%, in accordance to preliminary official figures.
The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) credited stockpiling by companies and, notably, a rush to full orders forward of the Brexit that by no means got here on 29 March.
The speed of growth was up from 0.2% within the closing three months of 2018.
Economists have warned that the stockpiling increase is a short lived issue as a result of shopping for early solely reduces orders later.
The ONS mentioned it contributed 0.7% proportion factors to growth with web commerce taking a document 2.2% off.
That was due to a surge in imports.
Increased pre-Brexit demand from abroad was clear to see within the newest commerce figures, additionally launched by the ONS on Friday.
They confirmed the largest deficit since information started in 1998 for the UK’s total commerce steadiness – the worth of imports versus exports.
The unfavourable determine got here in at £18.3bn between January and March as UK corporations packed their warehouses.
The growth efficiency was broadly predicted by economists and the Financial institution of England.