GDP estimate for Q2 show anemic growth

The first GDP estimates for the second quarter are out and it doesn't look good for the economy. The BLS notes the economy grew at an anemic 1.5% after an adjusted first quarter rise  from 1.9% to 2.0%. Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.0 percent. [revised up from 1.9 percent] The increase in real GDP in the second quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, nonresidential fixed investment, private inventory investment, and residential fixed investment that were partly offset by a negative contribution from state and local government spending. Imports, which are a...(Read Full Post)