Washington — A resilient American consumer helped the US economy expand more than forecast in the third quarter, assuaging concerns for now of a more pervasive slowdown tied to weakening business investment and faltering export markets.

GDP increased at a 1.9% annualised rate, according to US commerce department data on Wednesday that topped forecasts in a Bloomberg survey that anticipated 1.6% growth. Still, that is down from 2% in the second quarter and is the lowest since the end of 2018...

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