25 to 31 March: Growing pains; U.S. Q4 GDP revised down to 2.2%

The U.S. economy showed further signs of slowing as the 4Q18 GDP figure was revised down to 2.2%, which was significantly lower than the 2.6% initially reported. After business investment, consumer spending and local government expenditures were accounted for, the final GDP figure came in below economists forecast of 2.5%. The revised figure did not change the full year GDP growth rate, which remains at 2.9%. This was the slowest pace of growth since the first quarter 2018 and adds further questions surrounding the FED’s interest rate decisions for this year.

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