In addition, that same report said that the growth for the Fourth Quarter of 2015 was downgraded from 1.4% to just 0.9%, and growth for the First Quarter of this year was knocked down from 1.1% to 0.8%. All together, average for the last three quarters was just slightly over 0.9%. To show how bad that is, from 1790 to 2000, the average GDP growth was 3.79%.
It was also reported that consumer spending for the last quarter, was up 4.2%; the only positive part of the report and probably the only reason there was any growth at all. However, I find it difficult to believe that there was such a strong consumer spending number when, in another series of reporting, retail sales have been trending downward since 2011 and are currently below 3%.
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Another GDP stunner: Growth only 1.2% over the last 3 months: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/07/29/economy-grows-weakly-third-straight-quarter/87684508/
Chart Source: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/retail-sales-annual
Barack Obama's Sad Record on Economic Growth | RealClearMarkets: http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2016/02/01/barack_obamas_sad_record_on_economic_growth_101987.html