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Growth Slows

12:01 PM MDT | June 18, 2012 | —Arnold Pearlman

Real GDP rose at a 1.9% annual rate in the first quarter of 2012, down from 3% in the final three months of last year. The original estimate for the first quarter was 2.2%. Consumer spending was revised downward, and business investment was revised upward. Declines in government spending reduced GDP growth by.44% for 2011 and.76% in the first quarter of this year. Corporate operating earnings rose 0.6% after increasing 0.9% in the fourth quarter 2011. Overall corporate profits have barely kept pace with the economy in the past two quarters, after rising...

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