In the third quarter, the services sector rose 1.5 percent, slower than a 1.9 percent rise in the June quarter. Also, the industry sector went up 1.4 percent, easing from a 2.4 percent expansion in the previous three months. Meantime, the agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing contracted by 0.8 percent, after a 1.6 percent increase in Q2.
Year-on-year, the economy expanded an annual 6.9 percent, following an upwardly revised 6.7 percent expansion in the previous quarters and above consensus of a 6.5 percent growth. It was the strongest growth since the September quarter 2016.