The nation’s weak economic recovery continued in the third quarter of 2012, with the growth rate reaching a sluggish 2%–largely fueled by a “burst” of government spending, according to news agencies.

The growth rate was a modest improvement on the 1.3% expansion of gross domestic product achieved in the second quarter, and surpassed market expectations, which had been low.

The 2% rate may yet be revised; last month the rate for the second quarter was revised downward from 1.7% to 1.3%.

GDP growth for the past year remains stuck at an average of 1.74 percent, below last year’s average of 1.8%.

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