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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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November 28, 2018

The US economy grew at 3.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted annualized rate, chained 2012 dollars) in Q3 2018, according to the second estimate by the US BEA. This is unchanged from the advance estimate. Growth in the second quarter was 4.2 per cent. Since Q3 2017, the US real GDP has grown by 3.0 per cent. 

Growth in Q3 2018 reflected positive contributions from personal consumption, inventory investment, government spending and non-residential fixed investment that were partly offset by negative contributions from exports, residential investment and a rise in imports.

Personal consumption continued to expand with growth of 3.6 per cent in Q3 with goods consumption rising 4.8 per cent and services up 3.1 per cent. Residential investment contracted for the third consecutive quarter with a decline of 2.6 per cent.  Nonresidential investment was up 2.5 with growth in equipment and intellectual property products offsetting a decline in structures (-1.7%). Private inventory investment increased for the quarter. Real exports decreased 4.4 per cent in Q3 after growth of 9.3 per cent in the previous quarter with the decline occurring in goods exports. Imports were up 9.2 per cent on rising goods exports.

US nominal GDP growth (including the impacts of rising prices) was 5.0 per cent in Q3, compared to 7.6 per cent growth reported in 2018Q2.  The personal consumption expenditure price index increased 1.5 per cent, lower than the 2.0 per cent increase last quarter. 


 Source: US Bureau of Economic Analysis

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