Gross domestic product in the United States will advance by a mere 1.5% in the final quarter of the year, according to a survey of economists by the National Association for Business Economics.

In September, the association had pegged GDP growth at 2.5%. It was 3.9% in the second quarter. For all of 2007, NABE projects GDP growth of 2.1%, the weakest rate since 2002, when GDP growth was 1.6%, and for 2008, the association expects a GDP growth rate of 2.8%.

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