July 30, 2014

Second Quarter GDP Grew 4%

The Commerce Department released its second quarterly report on the economy and the results are rosy – for now. The report said the nation’s GDP rose 4%. The housing market was mixed from April to June, according to The Wall Street Journal, but “[a]n upturn in inventory building and an acceleration in consumer spending led the broad gains and offset a larger drag from increased imports.” This sunshine-and-flowers report comes after a first quarter when the GDP was first reported growing at a meager 1%, only to be revised downward to a 1% contraction, then revised again to a 2.9% loss. A report showing 4% growth is good – an example of the resiliency of the American economy despite Obama’s economic policies – but we won’t be surprised if the Commerce Department makes a few revisions. More…

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