The service industries collectively grew 0.9 percent in the quarter, driven by increases in business services, retail trade and accommodation, and transport services.
There was a mixed picture for the goods-producing industries, with an increase in manufacturing partly offset by a decrease in construction. Manufacturing grew 2.8 percent, due to the largest increase in food, beverage, and tobacco manufacturing since March 2012. Production, domestic consumption, and exports of food and beverage products all increased. The construction industry was down 2.9 percent, driven by heavy and civil engineering construction, which reflects lower investment in other construction.
The expenditure measure of GDP showed a 1.2 percent increase in the September quarter, with net exports (exports less imports) driving this increase. Household spending increased 0.6 percent, and investment in transport equipment and plant, machinery, and equipment increased.
Year-on-year, the economy expanded by 2.3 percent in the third quarter of 2015, slowing from a 2.4 percent gain in the precedent period.