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US 4th quarter growth faster than expected at 0.4%

Published on Mar 28, 2013 9:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US economic growth in the fourth quarter was stronger than originally thought at 0.4 per cent, the Department of Commerce said on Thursday in its final revision of the initial estimate.

The previous estimate had the economy basically flat, expanding at an 0.1 per cent annual pace.

The new data showed exports and business investment in structures and equipment both higher than previously expected. But the revised data on personal spending were lower than earlier estimates.

However, the department added, growth was still sluggish and "the revision to GDP has not changed the general picture of the economy". The 0.4 per cent fourth quarter pace came in after a solid third quarter expansion rate of 3.4 per cent.

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