One big driver of growth was a sharp increase in defense spending, which rose by the most in more than three years. That was likely a one-time boost.Growth was held back by the first drop in exports in more than three years. It was also slowed by the effects of the drought that struck the Midwest last summer. The drought cut agriculture stockpiles and reduced the economy's annual growth rate by nearly a half-point.
US Economic Growth Improves To 2 Pct. Rate In Q3
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