Washington (United States) (AFP) - The US economy grew at a 3.6 percent pace in the third quarter, much better than earlier estimates and the strongest rate in almost two years, data showed Thursday. The Commerce Department revised sharply upward its first estimate of 2.8 percent annualized growth for the July-September quarter. Increases in final sales -- GDP less inventory investment -- slowed to 1.9 percent from 2.1 percent in the second quarter. Year-on-year, the economy has expanded just 1.8 percent from the third quarter in 2012.
By Erik Kirschbaum and Belinda Goldsmith BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Hurricane-force winds disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed in on north Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the most powerful storms to hit the continent in years. British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of "the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England". Prime Minister David Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy. All train services in Scotland were suspended shortly after 8 a.m. local time until further notice due to debris on the tracks caused by storm Xaver.