NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is on track to expand at a 2.36 percent annualized pace in the fourth quarter following stronger-than-expected data on domestic retail sales and housing starts, the New York Federal Reserve's forecast model showed on Friday.

The latest fourth-quarter GDP estimate was faster than the 1.63 percent growth rate calculated on Nov. 9, the New York Fed said on its website.

(Reporting by Richard Leong)