FROM Paul Ashworth
Drop in Gross Domestic Product Could Have Been Worse The US economy shrank last year, but not as fast as expected. Instead of a predicted drop of 5.1 percent, it was only 3.8. That's hardly good news. Paul Ashworth, who analyzes the US economy for foreign investors and large banks, is senior US economist at Capital Economics in Toronto.
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