Wholesale trade; mining; and information were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2018. Overall, 15 of 22 industry groups contributed to the 2.2 percent increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter.
- Wholesale trade increased 9.1 percent in the fourth quarter, after increasing 7.4 percent in the third quarter.
- Mining increased 38.0 percent, after no increase in the third quarter.
- Information services increased 8.9 percent, after increasing 7.6 percent.