UK growth was even weaker than initially estimated in the first quarter as household spending slowed more than expected.
Revisions by the Office for National Statistics to preliminary estimates of first-quarter gross domestic product showed that UK growth rose 0.2% quarter on quarter, revised down from 0.3%.
ONS said the unexpected move was mainly due to "broad-based downward revisions within the services sector. . . as consumer facing industries such as retail and accommodation fell and household spending slowed".
Chris Williamson at IHS Markit said: "The economy got off to an even worse start to the year than previously thought, according to fresh official data."
He added: "There’s a strong likelihood that growth will pick up in the second quarter, but whether robust growth can be sustained further ahead remains highly uncertain."
The flash estimate is published in the month following the quarter on record using mainly anecdotal evidence. This second estimate is produced about three weeks later using 80% of the total data required for the final output-based figure.
Spending power fades
The data supported recent evidence that rising inflation and flat wage growth was creating a squeeze on the spending power of British consumers, even though unemployment is at its lowest on record.
Consumer price inflation stood at 2.7% in April, while annual average wage growth was 2.4%.