U.S. Economy Begins to Hit Growth Stride

12/20/13
 
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from The Wall Street Journal,
12/15/13:

Stronger Than Expected Increase in GDP Fueled by Consumer Spending.

The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in two years, as a recovery that has otherwise chugged along in fits and starts builds up a head of steam going into the new year.

The government’s main growth gauge—gross domestic product—grew at a 4.1% annual rate in the third quarter, marking only the second time since the recovery began in 2009 that the output of goods and services expanded above 4%. Friday’s report showed consumer spending—a key driver of the economy—grew at a 2% annual rate in the summer, instead of the previously estimated 1.4%.

While there is still reason for caution, since a large chunk of the GDP growth was the result of companies piling up goods for inventory, the larger picture is of an economy finally firing on more cylinders.

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