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US economy expands at 0.4 percent rate

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending. The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the October-December quarter. That was slightly better than the previous estimate of 0.1 percent growth. The revision reflected stronger business investment and export sales.


US economy grew at 3.1 percent in summer

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent over the summer as consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in nearly three years.


Uh-oh: The economy might be hitting a rough patch

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The bottom is falling out of economic forecasters' expectations for U.S. economic growth in the final months of 2012. And if some of the more bearish estimates prove accurate, it will be the weakest rate of growth since the start of 2011.


Consumer Spending in U.S. Increases 0.8% as Incomes Climb

Consumer Spending

Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed more than forecast in September, a sign the biggest part of the economy was picking up as the quarter drew to a close. Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of gross domestic product, rose 0.8 percent, the most since February, after advancing 0.5 percent in August, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 71 economists called for a 0.6 percent gain. Incomes climbed 0.4 percent, the most since March.


Last Quarter’s Growth Is Revised Down Sharply

The United States government said the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the spring, down from its previous estimate of 1.7 percent growth.


New iPhone could boost U.S. GDP by up to 0.5 percent, JP Morgan says

The next generation iPhone 5, which Apple Inc. plans to release this week, could not only boost the tech giant's bottom line - but could give a significant boost to the overall U.S. economy.


Data on Americans? There’s an app for that...

America's Economy

It may be premature to call it a runaway hit, but in the first month since the Census Bureau released its first mobile application, it’s been downloaded more than 32,000 times. The app, called America’s Economy, provides updated statistics from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes 16 monthly economic indicators,such as house sales, personal income, international trade, gross domestic product and the unemployment rate.

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U.S. economy grows at a sluggish 1.5% rate in 2nd quarter


Growth at or below 2% isn't enough to lower the unemployment rate. The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended.


Obama plays defense on GDP numbers

President Obama and aides will again have to defend their economic policy amid more tepid data... Alan Krueger, who chairs Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, noted that the Gross Domestic Product -- the total amount of goods and services produced in the country -- has grown for a dozen straight quarters, adding up to 6.7% over the past three years.


China's growth is slowing, raising risks for world economy

Chinese Economy

China's economy appears to be weakening more rapidly than official statistics would suggest, raising fears of a painful slowdown that could be felt around the globe. Second-quarter gross domestic product statistics to be released this week are expected to show growth of around 7.5% compared with the same period last year, according to analysts' estimates. That would be the slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis. But government data are widely believed to understate the extent of China's woes.


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