US economy grew at solid 2.6 percent rate in fourth quarter

In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, photo, workers build an apartment and retail complex in Nashville, Tenn. On Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, the Commerce Department issues the first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the October-December quarter. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 percent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction.

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