Vital Signs: Stronger Demand Should Boost Economy

The headline economic report this week will be the Commerce Dept.'s first estimate of third-quarter economic growth. Real gross domestic product is expected to have grown at a 3.1% annual rate last quarter, based on the median forecast of economists surveyed by Action Economics. GDP growth has always been something of a backward-looking number, but this time the details of the report may hold some insight into how the recovery is shaping up.

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