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That fall in GDP may not be as bad as it seems

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Shoppers walk through a Macys department store at Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 23, 2022.

Shoppers walk through a Macys department store at Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

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Businesses grew their inventories more slowly in the first quarter. That dragged down GDP.

by Justin Ho Apr 28, 2022
The downturn isn't surprising, considering inventories grew by a record amount the quarter before.

The trade deficit was partly to blame for the hit to GDP. But there's a silver lining.

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 28, 2022
Global turmoil put a cap on U.S. exports, while the easing of supply chain snags allowed Americans to import more.

Japan, bucking the global trend, keeps interest rates low

by Lily Jamali Apr 28, 2022
While some major central banks tighten monetary policy to fight inflation, the Bank of Japan is taking a very different approach.

Economics’ diversity problem includes socioeconomic diversity

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Apr 28, 2022
A new working paper analyzing socioeconomic diversity in the economics profession finds it sorely lacking.
A Warmer World

What does the current energy crisis mean for the clean energy transition?

by Kai Ryssdal and Richard Cunningham Apr 28, 2022
The war in Ukraine is forcing the U.S. to reconsider its dependence on oil.

The NFL draft is designed to promote parity in the league. That provides an incentive to lose on purpose.

by Andy Uhler Apr 28, 2022
The worst team in last year's league gets first pick from the new crop of players turning pro.

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Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson) Anderson .Paak, Smokey Robinson
Bustling Freddie Joachim

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