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Nasty GDP Report

April 30, 2014 in Economics

By Mark Thornton

The latest GDP report for the first quarter can be reviewed here. GDP grew by only 1/10 of 1% in the first quarter. There were big negative reversals in both exports and equipment purchases from the 4th quarter of last year. The accumulation of inventories also was reduced, but is still accumulating rapidly indicating less of a need to add inventory in future quarters. Consumption grew at a 3% rate, but this was largely driven by a nearly 10% jump in health care spending, that was probably driven by the Affordable Care Act. The saving rate is also reported to be “unusually low.” The only bright spot in the report was that government spending was down for the quarter.

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