Gross fixed capital formation grew sharply by 3.9 percent after an increase of 1.7 percent in the previous period; while changes in inventories subtracted 0.1 percentage points to the growth. Government spending went up 0.4 percent, following a 0.3 percent advance in Q2; and household consumption growth slowed to 0.4 percent in the third quarter from 0.8 percent in the previous period.
Net external demand contributed negatively, as imports jumped 1.6 percent (2 percent in Q2) while exports rose at a softer 0.7 percent (2.7 percent in Q2).
On the production side, production of goods increased by 0.7 percent (2.1 percent in Q2) and service-producing industries grew by 0.8 percent (0.9 percent in Q2).
Employment measured as total number of hours worked increased by 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted and total number of persons employed rose by 0.4 percent.
Year-on-year, the GDP advanced 2.9 percent, following a downwardly revised 2.7 percent growth in the previous period and missing market expectations of 3.6 percent.