US Bureau of Economic Analysis and GDP

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Jpz777 02/24/2013 Order # 2086665 In a recently released report entitled GDP Declines Slightly in Fourth Quarter, the United States Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) examine recent data trends to provide a detailed advance estimate of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). A pair of informative graphs is also included within this comprehensive review, with the first illustrating the quarterly growth in real GDP since 2009, and the second depicting annual real GDP growth over the same period of time. Released on January 30th, 2013, the BEA's most recent GDP forecast concludes that real GDP decreased by a rate of 0.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2012, after a relatively encouraging increase of 3.1 percent during the preceding quarter (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013). Among the notable economic trends observed by the BEA in its latest report is a downturn in inventory investment by manufacturing industries, as major retailers struggle to cope with dampened consumer confidence during the prolonged recession (2013) The BEA also finds that government spending was curtailed dramatically, reflecting the Obama administration's commitment to reduce superfluous funding for the defense department. According to the data included in the quarterly GDP growth chart, the U.S. had experienced growth in real GDP during the previous 13 quarters, with the last reduction occurring during the second quarter of 2009, during the height of housing
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