The economies of the G20 countries grew by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2015, new preliminary figures from the OECD show.

This was the same rate as in the first quarter, but the OECD reported diverging patterns across countries.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said that GDP growth accelerated strongly in the US in the second quarter to 0.9%, compared with 0.2% in the previous quarter. 

Economic growth also accelerated in China to 1.7% compared with 1.4% in the previous quarter and in the UK, rising to 0.7% from 0.4%. 

Mexico and Germany saw growth of 0.5% and 0.4% respectively in the second quarter, compared with 0.4% and 0.3% in the previous quarter. GDP growth remained unchanged in Indonesia at 1.1%.

But economic growth slowed among other G20 economies in the second quarter of 2015. 

Australia and France saw GDP growth slowing markedly to 0.2% and 0.0% respectively, compared with 0.9% and 0.7% in the previous quarter. 

In Japan, GDP fell 0.3%, compared with growth of 1.1% in the previous quarter while in Brazil, the economy slowed by 1.9%, compared with a drop of 0.7% in the previous quarter.