Could the third quarter of this year be the “fastest-growing in U.S. history”?

May 26, 2020
It depends on how you read the data, economist Megan Greene of Harvard says.
Several people in the Trump administration, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, above, have said that there could be historic growth in the third quarter of this year.
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GDP falls 4.8% — and it's only the beginning

Apr 29, 2020
The economy was humming in January and February. That changed drastically in mid-March as the pandemic took hold.
Activity is sparse around the Wall Street area of New York during the coronavirus lockdown.
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U.S. economy shrank at 4.8% rate in first quarter

Apr 29, 2020
It's the sharpest fall since the deepest depths of the Great Recession.
GDP posted a quarterly drop for the first time in six years.
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What's going to happen to GDP?

Apr 20, 2020
With millions of sudden job losses and an unprecedented economic shutdown, forecasting GDP is different than usual this quarter.
Consumer purchases make up a large part of the economy. But right now, people aren't spending as much as they used to. Above, Target shoppers in 2001.
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What's gonna happen to the consumer economy?

Apr 6, 2020
Consumer spending accounts for 70% of U.S. GDP. Is that going to change soon?
Consumer spending has carried a lot of weight in this economy for a long time.
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Business investment has been falling for three quarters. Should we worry?

Jan 30, 2020
Money spent on things like equipment, computers and office supplies accounts for about 13% of gross domestic product.
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Can any other product rival the impact of Boeing's 737 Max on the economy?

Jan 28, 2020
What would happen to the economy if Ford stopped production of the F-150, for example?
Production on the 737 Max has officially ended. Above, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 outside a factory in Renton, Washington, in 2019.
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Trump's been in office three years. Is the economy better?

Jan 20, 2020
A tax cut and a trade war later, the economy seems pretty similar to the one the president inherited.
President Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
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Our economy has changed. Should our economic indicators change, too?

Nov 26, 2019
That question stumped Kai and Molly on this week's "Make Me Smart." Here's the answer.
Don't count manufacturing out yet.
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China's GDP growth expected to be slowest in decades

Oct 17, 2019
The Chinese government may resort to the use of monetary policy to promote the economic growth that is eluding it.
China's exports fell by over 3% in the past year, slowing GDP growth. Above, the port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province in 2018.
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