US gross domestic product rose by an annual rate of 3% in the third quarter - a feat that has surprised the market and economists considering the impact of two devastating hurricanes during the period.
Indeed, inventory restocking following the supply chain problems experienced in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may have had something to do with the surprisingly robust print.
But many US analysts say that consumer spending is now responding to stronger wage growth and the third-quarter data appeared to confirm this.
The one enigma that remains is inflation. The Federal Reserve takes its inflationary stance from personal consumption expenditures, which have remained subdued - currently at 1.3% in August - despite the economic buoyancy and the weakness of the dollar.
Contrast this with consumer price inflation (CPI) and it's a different story. CPI is advancing, and has hit 1.7% - leading some to believe that inflation will soon start to move back to the Fed's 2% target.
But what does all this mean for monetary policy?
Some had begun to doubt how much further the current rate-hike cycle had to go - but many now feel that the central bank can press ahead.
Aberdeen Standard Investments - Guy Nicholls: "What this really tells us is that the US economy hardly skipped a beat after the recent hurricanes.
"But you still have to treat these figures with some caution: they’re early estimates based on partial data and are always revised. But our ‘nowcast’ of US economic activity, which aggregates together a broad range of high frequency data, has been suggesting that the economy is firing on all cylinders for some time now. And that’s before an increasingly likely tax cut that’s coming down the road.
“An interest hike in December is pretty much a foregone conclusion now. Inflation is the only piece of the puzzle missing. But with economic growth substantially above its trend rate, whoever leads the Fed next year will probably press ahead with a series of further interest rate hikes.”
Pantheon Macroeconomics - Ian Shepherson: "Headline GDP growth beat expectations because consumers' spending and business capex were stronger than implied by monthly data.
"Overall, this is a very solid performance, given the disruption caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Their net effect seems to have been smaller and shorter than we expected.
"Growth will be about 3% in Q4 too. That means payroll growth will rebound strongly, and the unemployment rate will keep falling; a sub-4% rate is just a matter of months away.