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Growth Slows

8:20 AM MDT | August 20, 2010 | Arnold Pearlman

The initial estimate for second-quarter GDP growth is 2.4%, the slowest rate of gain since the recovery began in third-quarter 2009. GDP gained 3.7% in the first quarter. Analysts say that a 28.8% annualized surge in imports was a major factor in the slowdown, as other economic indicators improved compared with the first quarter. Final sales rose 1.3%, while gross domestic purchases, which excludes exports but includes imports, grew 5.1%, significantly faster than the first quarter’s 3.9%. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, soaring imports...

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