February 21, 2019

Wholesale trade; information; and finance and insurance were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the third quarter of 2018. Overall, 19 of 22 industry groups contributed to the 3.4 percent increase in real GDP in the third quarter.

Real GDP and Real Value Added by Sector, Third Quarter 2018

Chart: Real GDP and Real Value Added by Sector
  • Wholesale trade increased 7.4 percent in the third quarter, after increasing 2.6 percent in the second quarter.
  • Information services increased 7.6 percent, after increasing 13.4 percent.
  • Finance and insurance increased 5.5 percent, after decreasing 2.0 percent. 

Real Value Added by Industry, Third Quarter 2018

Real Value Added by Industry, Third Quarter 2018

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