The economy grew by 0.2 percent in September quarter, well below the 0.4 percent growth tipped by many economists, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.
Over the year, the economy has grown by 0.5 percent – less than the 0.7 percent expected by economists.
Despite the slowdown in economic growth, Australia is still the only developed country to avoid a recession since the global financial crisis hit.
The main drivers of growth for the September quarter included household spending on consumer goods, spending on new homes and government spending on infrastructure.
The main drags on economic growth were a decrease in the value of exports and an increase in the amount of imports.
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