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Real gross domestic product - the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the U.S. - increased at an annual rate of 2 percent in the third quarter of 2010 (from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.7 percent.
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The bureau emphasized that the third-quarter advance estimate released is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency.
The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, nonresidential fixed investment, federal government spending, and exports that were partly offset by a negative contribution from residential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.
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