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(Bloomberg) — The economy in the U.S. expanded more than previously forecast in the third quarter, reflecting bigger gains in consumer spending and business investment and capping the strongest six months of growth in a decade.

Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 3.9 percent annualized rate, up from an initial estimate of 3.5 percent, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3.3 percent gain. After the 4.6 percent increase in the second quarter, it marked the biggest back-to-back advance since late 2003.

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