This Review draws together key economic stories from ONS economic statistics produced over the last month.
Gross Domestic Product was estimated to have increased by 0.3% between Quarter 4 (October to December) 2014 and Quarter 1 (January to March) 2015.
The Index of Services increased by 3.2% in February 2015 compared with February 2014. All of the 4 main components of the services industries increased in the most recent month compared with the same month a year ago.
In March 2015, the amount spent in the retail industry increased by 0.7% compared with March 2014 but decreased by 0.3% compared with February 2015.
Public Sector Net Borrowing excluding public sector banks (PSNB ex) was £7.4 billion in March 2015. This is £0.4 billion lower than in March 2014.
Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates for year ending December 2014 show 6.9 million incidents of crime in England and Wales. There were 3.8 million offences recorded by the police in the same period.