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Blame the Shutdown for the U.S. GDP Miss

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U.S. GDP Grows Below-Expectations at 2.6% in 4Q

Why did U.S. fourth-quarter economic growth miss forecasts? At least some blame can go to the brief government shutdown earlier this week.

Data on December merchandise trade and inventories were originally due Thursday, but the Census Bureau release was delayed by a day and released at the same time as gross domestic product. That deprived analysts of figures that help them refine growth estimates.