Second quarter GDP revised upward

A stock trader makes last minute transactions ahead of the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 27, 2013 in New York City.

When we last checked in with government statisticians, they though the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent. Today, a surprisingly strong revision upward. Now, gross domestic product grew 2.5 percent from April to June, which helps build the argument that the Federal Reserve will ratchet back on its stimulus program. Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago, tells Marketplace what this means for the economy.

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Diane Swonk is chief economist with Mesirow Financial, based in Chicago.


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