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the US economy slowed in the last three months of twenty eighteen though not as sharply as some economists predicted and for the year growth came in just below the target set by the trump administration we are now on track to hit an average GDP annual growth of over three percent and it could be substantially over three percent in fact the US commerce department on Thursday said growth was just two point nine percent for twenty eighteen it's one of the strongest numbers in the past decade tied with twenty fifteen one two three , what it comes in here the Donald Trump promised would show the impact of his economic policies including deregulation tax cuts increase government spending and terrace aimed at securing more favorable trade deals writers economics editor Dan burns certainly there is %HESITATION a bitter disappointment in some quarters about the fact that %HESITATION after one point five trillion dollars of tax cuts and a big government spending blitz %HESITATION two point nine percent was as good as it gets and it's not going to get better from here , in the last quarter of the year GDP growth slowed to two point six percent the commerce department estimates a record long partial government shutdown shaved off some percentage of gross but couldn't qualify the effects trade tensions also hurt leading businesses to stock up on imported goods ahead of anticipated terrace which why didn't the trade deficit