Chancellor Philip Hammond says the British economy is showing "resilience"...
The UK's shock decision to leave the EU has had a smaller than expected initial impact on economic growth.
The figures for July to September were down from the 0.7% growth recorded in the second quarter of 2016 - however economists had forecast this morning's figure would be closer to 0.3%.
The year-on-year GDP increase was 2.3%.
Chancellor Philip Hammond, who is due to announce his first Budget next month, said the data showed the British economy's "resilience" to the challenges the country faces.
He said: "The fundamentals of the UK economy are strong, and today's data shows that the economy is resilient.
"We are moving into a period of negotiations with the EU and we are determined to get the very best deal for households and businesses.
"The economy will need to adjust to a new relationship with the EU, but we are well-placed to deal with the challenges and take advantage of opportunities ahead."
Additional reporting by IRN