Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy, added 1.6 percentage points to growth last quarter. That was driven by motor vehicles, as Americans replaced cars damaged by the storms, while services spending slowed to the weakest pace since 2013.
The Commerce Department cautioned that its figures did not capture all the losses caused by the storms, which caused widespread closures of factories, offices and airports in states such as Florida and Texas.
Construction spending also fell, but exports and business investments in equipment and intellectual property accelerated from the previous quarter.
12:30 USD: Core personal consumption expenditure Sept; expected to be unchanged at 0.1%