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Q2 growth revised upwards on consumer spending, construction

Fed's view that US will overcome any fallout from cooling overseas markets gets boost

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HEALTHY PACE: Strong hiring, cheaper petrol and higher home prices will probably sustain household purchases, which account for about 70 per cent of the economy.

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THE world's largest economy expanded more than previously forecast in the second quarter, boosted by gains in consumer spending and construction that may help the US withstand a global slowdown.

Gross domestic product rose at a 3.9 per cent annualised rate, compared with

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