Report: UK got boost from Olympics
LONDON -- A government-commissioned report says the British economy received a multi-billion-dollar boost from construction projects for the London Olympics.
The report says the economy was lifted by $11.6 billion from the construction of venues and infrastructure for the Games. The construction budget was $10.3 billion.
The report for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport also said plans are on track for creating a long-term sports legacy from the Olympics.
Sports Minister Hugh Robertson says the games provided the "opportunity to regenerate East London, maximize opportunities to drive economic growth and encourage a generation to choose sport."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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