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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 2.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.
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This GDP estimate is based on more complete source data than were available for the advance estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2 percent.
The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, federal government spending, residential fixed investment, and exports that were partly offset by negative contributions from nonresidential fixed investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased slightly.
The acceleration in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected upturns in private inventory investment and in federal government spending, a deceleration in imports, an acceleration in residential fixed investment, and a smaller decrease in state and local government spending that were partly offset by a downturn in nonresidential fixed investment and decelerations in exports and in PCE.
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