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Analysis: Expect More of the Same From the Economy

With tax reform enacted, so far GDP has only grown at 2.3% annual rate in the first quarter of 2018, slightly down from the end of 2017. We were hoping for a boost in growth, but so far that hasn't happened. Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

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Economic Watch: GDP Revised Lower; Consumer Confidence, Employment Strong

The widest measure of U.S. economic growth was revised lower on Wednesday, according to newly released figures, while separate reports showed consumer feelings remain good and employers continue adding jobs.

Good Numbers for Manufacturing, New Home Sales

A first look at the nation’s manufacturing for this month shows business conditions improved just a little from the previous month, remaining strong, while a separate report showed that although new homes sales fell last month, they posted a double-digit gain compared to a year ago.

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Post 6th Straight Gain, E-Commerce Up

A measure of where the economy is headed turned positive for the sixth consecutive month, according to a new report, as a separate one showed another big gain in e-commerce retail sales.

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows From Previous Quarter

Overall economic activity in the U.S. cooled slightly in the first quarter of the year as consumer spending eased, but the performance was better than analysts were expecting.

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, New Homes, Retail Sales Move Higher

The latest numbers about the health of the U.S. economy showed continued growth when it comes to industrial production, housing starts, and retail sales, indicating increasing energy for the first part of the second quarter.

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Remain on Firm Ground

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector remained solid during March, while construction spending was nearly unchanged in February. The latest reports show the nation’s overall economic health was stronger in the final quarter of last year than earlier indications.

Economic Watch: GDP Revised Lower, Consumers Remain Very Upbeat

The U.S. economy didn’t expand as much as originally estimated in the final quarter of 2017, but it still turned in a solid performance, according to a new Commerce Department report, while a separate report on consumer confidence showed it was at its highest level in more than a decade.

Economic Watch: Manufacturing at 40-Month High, Existing Home Sales Slip Again

A preliminary report about the U.S. manufacturing sector for this month showed business conditions continue improving, hitting a 40-month high, while a separate one on existing home sales revealed a decline for the second straight month amid higher prices and a supply shortage.

Economic Watch: Retailers Expect 2018 to be Another Banner Year

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy is expected to grow between 3.8% and 4.4% this year over 2017, according to a new economic forecast from the trade group the National Retail Federation.