UK film industry on a roll as it helps keep economy growing

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ONS highlights role of sector as foreign movie and TV studios are attracted to Britain by government tax breaks and weak pound

The British film production boom, including the Han Solo spin-off from Star Wars and a live action remake of Disney’s Dumbo, is helping boost services industry growth as other sectors flag.

“Motion picture activities” – including production activity and income from box office hits such as Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – were singled out by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday as playing a significant role in the modest growth in UK GDP reported in the three months to the end of June.

Related: UK GDP: economy grows by just 0.3% amid 'notable slowdown'

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