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The US GDP Revision is Good News

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Yes, Q1 GDP growth was revised down to 1.9% from 2.2%. But look at a basic breakout:

Personal Consumption: +2.7%

Private Domestic Investment: +6.3%

Exports: +7.2%

Imports: +6.1%

(Note: the traditional GDP calculation nets these two out, which then becomes a negative. But this blog has long held that savvy investors like to see big, heavy export and import growth.)

Government: -3.9%

Government -3.9%! Essentially, the US economy is thundering along like a classic Detroit muscle car, while—and supply siders and fiscal hawks alike will love this—the government contracts big time.

Most folks will look only at the top line GDP number and perceive tepidness—looking just one level further reveals a very healthy US economic picture.

(Source: www.bea.gov)

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