Watchwoman on the Wall


Economic growth in the second quarter was tepid, the government reported Friday. And growth in the first quarter was much slower than initially thought.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s economic health, rose at an annual rate of 1.3% in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said.

While that’s an increase from the revised 0.4% growth rate in the first three months of the year, it is hardly good news. The government originally reported that the economy grew at a 1.9% annualized rate in the first quarter.

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