U.S.: Take A Close Look At Those Gdp Numbers

Lopsided U.S. demand and skewed world growth raise some questions

It's GDP time again. On Apr. 30, the Commerce Dept. will issue its first-quarter data on the economy's gross domestic product. Right now, the median forecast among economists for real GDP growth is close to a 4% annual rate, on the heels of the fourth quarter's 6% gallop. But the cross-currents from the economy's individual sectors were unusually turbulent last quarter, and the report will require more than a cursory analysis.

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