The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.8% in the third quarter of the year, latest figures have shown.
The growth rate was faster than expected, and was an improvement on the 2.5% pace seen in the previous quarter.
Growth was lifted by rising exports, businesses restocking shelves and a pick-up in home construction.
However, the pace of growth in consumer spending – which accounts for about two-thirds of US economic activity – slowed from the previous quarter.
Consumer spending grew at annual pace of 1.5%, down from 1.7% in the April-to-June period and the slowest rate since 2011.
The release of the third-quarter GDP figures was delayed by a week because of the partial shutdown of the US government last month.
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