Britain's coronavirus-hammered economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the final three months of last year but still shrank by the most in more than three centuries in 2020 as a whole, official data shows.
Gross domestic product increased by 1.3% between October and December last year from the previous three-month period, the Office for National Statistics said.
That was stronger than an earlier estimate of 1% growth as the ONS received more data in recent weeks.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected the growth rate to remain at 1%.
In 2020, gross domestic product fell by 9.8% from 2019, only slightly less sharp than an initial estimate of a 9.9% slump.
The UK economy suffered the biggest drop of all countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development except for Argentina and Spain last year, OECD data has shown.
Britain's economy remained 7.3% smaller than before the pandemic, in inflation-adjusted terms, the second biggest drop among eight major economies listed by the ONS.
But in nominal terms - which is affected less by differences in the way countries compile the data - Britain stood middle of the pack.
Data also showed households were sitting on a big pile savings that the Bank of England thinks will fuel a jump in spending as the government lifts restrictions on the economy between now and late June.
The savings ratio rose to 16.1% from 14.3% in the third quarter and for 2020 as a whole it hit a record high of 16.3%, compared with 6.8% in 2019.
Separate data showed Britain's current account deficit widened to £26.3 billion in the fourth quarter, almost double the shortfall in the third quarter, as firms rushed to import goods before the January 1 start to the country's less open trade relationship with the European Union.
But the deficit - a long-standing concern for investors because it leaves Britain reliant on foreign inflows of cash - came in below forecasts of £33 billion in the Reuters poll.
It was equivalent to 4.8% of GDP, or 4.2% excluding volatile movements of precious metals such as gold.