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Explaining the U.S. Growth Spurt in Five Charts

The U.S. economy overdelivered in the third quarter, to use business jargon, producing an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent. How did this happen? This series of five charts breaks down the contributions to growth. The numbers come straight out of the tables that the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis presented today in its “final” estimate of growth in the July-September quarter. (I put final in quotes because there will be future revisions.)