WASHINGTON — Real gross domestic product, the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the U.S., increased at an annual rate of 2.7% in the third quarter of 2012, according to the preliminary estimate released by the Commerce Department Thursday.

The GDP growth nearly equaled the 2.8% increase projected by economists polled by Thomson Reuters, and represents an upward revision from the 2.0% pace reported in the advance third quarter estimate. GDP increased 1.3% in the second quarter.

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