Thursday 5:06am
August 28, 2014
Currently 67°F
Posted: Thursday, November 7th 2013 at 8:35am

US economy grows at surprising 2.8 pct. rate in Q3

By The Associated Press
EMAIL STORY CONTACT EDITOR PRINT
click to enlarge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising sign of strength ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown. Exports rose, businesses stocked up, home construction increased and state and local governments spent at the fastest pace in four years.

The Commerce Department says growth increased from a 2.5 percent annual rate in the April-June period to the fastest pace in a year.

Consumers stepped up spending on goods. But overall spending weakened from the second quarter because service spending was essentially flat, in part because of a cooler summer that lowered utility spending.

The third-quarter outcome was nearly a full percentage point stronger than most economists had predicted. Analysts expect the shutdown will slow growth in the October-December quarter.
© Copyright 2014 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.


  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
0.118066
icon
67°F
Gainesville, GA 30501
Clear
Wind: North 0 mph
Dew point: 64°F