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BEA: US economy grew 0.1 percent in Q4

The US economy barely registered growth in Q4 2012 with real GDP improving at an annualized rate of just 0.1 percent from Q3 2012, according to a the Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

By Guest blogger / February 28, 2013

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released their second estimate of the Q4 2012 GDP report showing that the economy barely registered growth in Q4 2012.

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Today, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released their second "estimate" of the Q4 2012 GDP report showing that the economy barely registered growth in Q4 2012 with real GDP improving at an annualized rate of just 0.1% from Q3 2012. 

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On a year-over-year basis, real GDP increased 1.61% while the quarter-to-quarter non-annualized percent change was an increase of a slight 0.03%. 

The latest quarterly results indicate that the most notable source of weakness in the economy came from declines in exports with the "net-exports" component declining at an annualized rate of 3.9% from Q3, and notable declines in government spending particularly on national defense with a 22.0% decline in federal national defense spending from Q3. 

Residential investment, on the other hand, worked to buoy the overall fixed investment component growing at an annualized rate of 17.5% from Q3. 

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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