Washington_ The economy of the United States grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the last quarter of 2018, a figure lower than the previous estimate, the Commerce Department reported today, Prensa Latina publishes.

This value is the definitive one on the behavior of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) corresponding to October, November and December, and decreased four tenths with respect to the data released last February.

However, the increase in this parameter throughout the previous year remained unchanged at 2.9 percent, the source said.

According to the official report, the decrease in consumer spending, which in this country represents two thirds of economic activity, directly influenced the result of the fourth quarter of 2018.

At that stage, imports and exports rose two and 1.8 percent, respectively.

During the first, the second and the third quarter of last year, the increase in GDP registered 2.5; 4.2; and 3.4 percent, in that order.

As one of the purposes of his mandate, the US president, Donald Trump, aims to achieve annual growth of three to four percent in a sustained manner, which remains a pending task.

The United States has had 13 consecutive years of increases of less than three percent, and in 2016 it has only achieved 1.6, the lowest rate since 2011. 

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