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Analysts at Royal Bank of Scotland point out that it was a record-breaking quarter for the US economy with the recovery from the financial crisis became the longest sustained economic expansion in history in Q2 2019.

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“It wasn’t one of the more stellar reports. The 2.1% annualised pace was so-so, slower than the 3.1% pace of Q1. More encouragingly consumer spending is in rude health – 4.3% annualised growth was the best since late 2017. No jitters over the impacts of the trade war there. Corporate America is a different story with business investment declining slightly.”

“All in all, it’s enough to keep the Fed in line to cut 25bps this week.”