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Last updated at 17:03 GMT, Friday, 30 October 2009

US economy grows


30th October 2009

The United States economy began growing again in the third quarter of the year, according to new official figures. The economy grew by 0.9%, an annual rate of 3.5% which is the first sign of improvement in more than a year.

Andrew Walker

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

United States Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner


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Figures suggest the recession in the US is over and a recovery underway. Spending by consumers increased for most types of goods and services, including cars. Business investment also rose for the first time in two years. But there are concerns that this improvement is too dependent on government spending, such as subsidies to replace old cars. Certainly the US Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, was not ready to claim victory in tackling the recession.

Tim Geithner: 'This is just a beginning. Unemployment remains unacceptably high. For every person out of work, for every family facing foreclosure, for every small business facing a credit crunch, the recession remains alive and acute'.

Among the other leading developed economies, France, Germany and Japan returned to economic growth three months earlier than the US, though the downturn was deeper in Germany and Japan. Britain is the only other major economy to report its performance for the third quarter. Unlike the US, Britain showed a continued decline. The global picture is thus one of a widening recovery. But it has not reached everywhere and it is not particularly strong.


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a recovery underway

the process of getting the economy back to its previous healthy condition has begun


people who buy goods


reliant on the actions of others


money given (usually by the government) to help to pay for something

claim victory

declare or tell everyone that he has been successful

tackling the recession

dealing with and trying to find a solution to the economic
difficulties of the country

unacceptably high

too great to be accepted or approved of

facing foreclosure

dealing with the prospect of losing their houses because they
cannot afford to pay back the loan the bank gave them to
buy it

remains alive and acute

is still happening and is still extreme and causing lots of problems for people

a continued decline

still getting worse, not improving