Economy | Business

Economists Downplay Weak U.S. Growth Rate

NPR | Jan. 31, 2013 4:11 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 31, 2013 9:03 a.m.

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Jim Zarroli

The economy shrank a bit in the fourth quarter and analysts are trying to figure out why. It’s clear that declines in business inventories and government spending played a role, but was the real problem the narrowly averted fiscal cliff?

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