The figure matched the consensus of economists polled by Reuters.
In April alone, output rose by 2.3%, marking the fastest growth since July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, and compared with the Reuters poll consensus for a 2.2% increase.
But British economic output is still 3.7% lower than in February 2020, before the pandemic led to lockdown measures.
“Today’s figures are a promising sign that our economy is beginning to recover,” finance minister
Sunak said in a statement.
Last month the Bank of England raised its forecast for British economic growth in 2021 to 7.25% from February’s estimate of 5.0%.
That would be the fastest annual growth since 1941 when Britain was rearming during World War Two. But it comes after output plunged by almost 10%, the biggest drop in more than 300 years.