Economy Doing Just Fine But 3% Growth Still a Challenge

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Despite fourth-quarter U.S. growth missing forecasts, the world’s largest economy is doing just fine. The latest results also underscore just how challenging it will be to reach President Donald Trump’s goal of a sustained 3% pace.

January 26, 2018
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4Q GDP Growth Less Than Expected, but Trucking Outlook Still Good

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The U.S. economy expanded at a slower-than-projected pace in the fourth quarter on drags from trade and inventories, offsetting strength in consumer spending and business investment that signals solid momentum entering 2018.

January 26, 2018

US Growth at Above-Forecast 3% on Consumers and Businesses


The U.S. economy expanded at a faster pace than forecast in the third quarter, indicating resilient demand from consumers and businesses even with the hit from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Commerce Department data showed Oct. 27.

October 27, 2017

US Second-Quarter Growth Revised Upward to 3.1% Annual Pace

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U.S. second-quarter growth was revised up slightly without altering the bigger picture of a consumer- driven economy that also got a healthy contribution from business spending during the period, Commerce Department data showed Sept. 28.

September 28, 2017

Second-Quarter Growth Revised to 3% in Momentum Boost

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U.S. second-quarter growth was revised upward to the fastest pace in two years on stronger household spending and a bigger gain in business investment, putting the economy on a stronger track, Commerce Department data showed Aug. 30.

August 30, 2017
Government, Business

US Economic Growth Rebounds, but Breaking Out Is Hard to Do

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The U.S. economy’s second-quarter rebound puts the expansion back on its familiar, steady path more than it heralds anything new and exciting.

July 28, 2017

US Economic Growth Not So Bad After Revisions to Spending, Investment

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The U.S. economy’s first quarter wasn’t so miserable after all, as consumption contributed more to growth and business investment was even stronger than thought, Commerce Department data showed May 26.

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May 26, 2017

Economy Expands at Slowest Pace in Three Years

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The U.S. economy expanded at the slowest pace in three years as weak auto sales and lower home-heating bills dragged down consumer spending, offsetting a pickup in investment led by housing and oil drilling.

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April 28, 2017

Economy Grew 1.9% in Fourth Quarter, Unchanged From Early Estimate

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The U.S. economy grew in the fourth quarter at a 1.9% pace, unchanged from an initial estimate, as slower investment by businesses and state and local agencies offset stronger household purchases.

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February 28, 2017

US Economic Growth Cools on Biggest Trade Drag Since 2010

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U.S. economic growth slowed last quarter more than forecast on the biggest drag from trade in six years and more moderate consumer spending. However, business investment picked up, which may be a harbinger for faster expansion in 2017.

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January 27, 2017