Economic Growth

U.S. Economy Grew Faster Than Estimated

GDP was a bit less wimpy than originally thought

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The U.S. economy expanded more than previously estimated in the second quarter, reflecting an improvement in the trade deficit and a pickup in household spending on utilities.

Gross domestic product climbed at a 1.7 percent annual rate from April through June, up from an initial estimate of 1.5 percent, revised Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The figure followed a 2 percent first-quarter pace and matched the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. The revised data also showed companies invested in new equipment at the weakest pace in almost three years.