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GDP: Economy in U.S. Expands at 3.6% Rate on Bigger Inventory Build

Bloomberg (12/05/13) Victoria Stilwell

The U.S. gross domestic product increased by 3.6% in the third quarter, up from an initial estimate of 2.8%, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted an increase of 3.1%. GDP grew 2.5% in the second quarter and 1.1% in the first quarter.

GDP was boosted by a buildup in inventory. Because of the stockpiling, factory production could slow if demand doesn’t increase.