U.S. Economy Shrinks 0.1%, 1st Time in 3 1/2 Years
From The Curious Capitalist
January 30, 2013 - 8:40am
(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. economy shrank from October through December for the first time since the recession ended, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That’s a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter. (MORE: Are Today’s Business Leaders Too Afraid of Risk?) The surprise contraction could raise fears about the economy’s ability to handle tax increases that took effect in January and looming spending cuts. Still, the weakness may be because of one-time factors. Government spending cuts and slower inventory growth subtracted a total of 2.6 percentage points from growth. And those volatile categories offset faster growth in consumer ...
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