Still, with consumer spending rising, companies might have to rebuild inventories in the current January-March quarter, economists say. That could boost growth.Wednesday's report is the first of three estimates of GDP the government issues each quarter. GDP measures the nation's total output of goods and services â¿¿ from restaurant meals and haircuts to airplanes and appliances. The estimates of GDP are revised by an average of 1.3 percentage points between the first and third estimate. That means the final figure for the fourth quarter might end up showing either growth or a steeper contraction.
US Economy Shrinks 0.1 Pct., 1st Time In 3Â½ Years
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