GDP up in Q2

The economy continued to expand in Q2 with real GDP increasing at a tepid annualized rate of 1.3% from Q1 2012, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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    This chart shows real gross domestic product since 1999. The latest quarterly results indicate that the most notable source of weakness in the economy came from durable goods spending, according to SoldAtTheTop.
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Today, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released their third "estimate" of the Q2 2012 GDP reportshowing that the economy continued to expand with real GDP increasing at a tepid annualized rate of 1.3% from Q1 2012. 

On a year-over-year basis real GDP increased 2.14% while the quarter-to-quarter non-annualized percent change was 0.31%.

 
The latest quarterly results indicate that the most notable source of weakness in the economy came from durable goods spending which declined at a rate of 0.2% from Q1 2012 while government spending declined across the board. 

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Other categories such as residential structures also saw notable slowing from the prior quarter registering a still respectable rate of 8.5% while non-residential fixed structures expand by just 0.6%.  

Keep in mind that these results are likely very poorly estimated and are sure to be revised notably in following quarters and even years to come.

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