Economy slowed in Q4 more than first measured, new figures show

The U.S. economy did not grow as much in the fourth quarter of last year as first believed, new figures showed Thursday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

March 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Commerce Department issued revised economic figures Thursday for the fourth quarter of 2018 — a revision that showed the domestic economy slowed more than initially thought.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis report said gross domestic product increased 2.2 percent — down from the 2.6 percent initially reported. Thursday’s was the department’s third revision for Q4 of 2018.

The U.S. economy still grew 3 percent year-to-year in the final quarter, the report said, keeping President Donald Trump’s full-year growth milestone intact. Growth in the third quarter was 3.4 percent.

Consumer spending, local government spending and nonresidential fixed investment missed projections and were revised down, with imports.

By the middle of 2019, continuous economic growth is expected to be the longest on record, despite the slow in momentum reflected in Thursday’s update.

Some analysts project domestic economic growth to slow to just 1.5 percent over the first quarter of 2019, which would be the lowest rate in two years. The BEA report for Q1 is expected in June.

“We’re settling into a more sustainable pace of growth,” analyst Ryan Sweet told Bloomberg. “I’m not overly concerned yet. It was a pretty strong 2018. Underlying fundamentals are still solid.”


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