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US Economy Grew at Strong 3.5 Percent Rate in 3rd Quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter as the strongest burst of consumer spending in nearly four years helped offset a sharp drag from trade.  The Commerce Department said Friday that the third quarter's gross domestic product, the country's total output of goods and services, followed an even stronger 4.2 percent rate of growth in the second quarter. The two quarters marked the strongest consecutive quarters of growth...

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