Monday, August 3, 2009

US GDP Fell 1% From April to June

The new GDP numbers came out last Friday. First quarter GDP decline was revised from 5.5% to 6.4%. April through June saw a 1% decline. Consumer spending also saw a decline.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aNivTjr852TI

"Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy, decreased 1.8 percent in last year’s fourth quarter from the same period in 2007, exceeding the prior estimate of a 1.5 percent drop. Purchases also began sinking sooner than previously projected, registering their first decline at the start of 2008 rather than in the second half.

The Commerce Department also reported yesterday that the economy contracted at a 1 percent annual rate from April through June after shrinking at a 6.4 percent pace in the first quarter, the most since 1982. The decline in the first three months of the year was previously reported as 5.5 percent.
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