Economy grows at fastest pace in more than two years


The US economy expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years, the government reported on Wednesday, spurred on by an uptick in spending from consumers and investment from business.

The positive report comes on the heels of the government releasing its August report on unemployment. Analysts expect that the rate of people unemployed will hold steady at 4.3 percent — the lowest level since March 2001.

The second revision of the gross domestic product showed a 3 percent annualized growth rate from an initial 2.6 percent pace for the second quarter. Analysts were expecting a 2.7 percent revision for the first full three-month period under President Trump.

The news out of the Commerce Department made some economists downright giddy after the last decade of mostly muted growth.

“That’s right, growth is back even before all those tax cuts, tax reforms, softer regs and infrastructure spending could make their way through Congress and see the light of reality,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG, said in a note. “Growth is back!”

Corporate America also got a better quarter overall than during the first three months of the year. Nonfinancial companies saw profits increase 1,605 percent, to $64.8 billion, compared with the $3.4 billion in profits during the first quarter. And financial companies stemmed their losses, down $29.4 billion compared with $40.7 billion in the first quarter, according to the government.

The GDP news sent markets up on an otherwise quiet day for news.

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