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Obama’s America Signals End of Recession. US Registers 3.5 % Economy Growth.

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment
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Armed with cash from government support programs, consumers led the rebound in the third quarter, snapping up cars and homes.

Associated Press Reported on Thurday 29th Oct.The US economy grew at a 3.5 per cent pace in the third quarter, the best showing in two years, fueled by government-supported spending on cars homes.

The Commerce Department’s report Thursday delivered the strongest signal yet that the economy entered a new, though fragile, phase of recovery and that the worst recession since the 1930s has ended.

The much-awaited turnaround ended the streak of four straight quarters of contracting economic activity, the first time that’s happened on records dating to 1947.

It also marked the first increase since the spring of 2008, when the economy experienced a short-lived uptick in growth.

The third-quarter’s performance — the strongest since right before the country fell into recession in December 2007 — was slightly better than the 3.3 per cent growth rate economists expected.

Armed with cash from government support programs, consumers led the rebound in the third quarter, snapping up cars and homes.

Consumer spending on big-ticket manufactured goods soared at an annualized rate of 22.3 per cent in the third quarter, the most since the end of 2001. The jump largely reflected car purchases spurred by the government’s Cash for Clunkers program that offered a rebate of up to $4,500 to buy new cars and trade in old gas-guzzlers.

The housing MARKET also turned a corner in the summer. Spending on housing projects jumped at an annualized pace of 23.4 per cent, the largest jump since 1986. It was the first time since the end of 2005 that spending on housing was positive.

The government’s $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers, supported the housing rebound. Congress is considering extending the credit, which expires on November 30.

The collapse of the housing market led the country into the recession. Rotten mortgage securities spiraled into a banking crisis. Home foreclosuers surged.

The sector’s return to good health is a crucial ingredient to a sustained economic recovery.

Brisk spending by the federal government, led by efforts to stimulate the economy and on defense, also played into the third-quarter turnaround.

Federal government spending rose at a rate of 7.9 per cent in the third quarter, on top of a 11.4 per cent growth rate in the second quarter.

This is a positve sign for many across globe. It was America which triggered economic recession across globe.

This time hopfully the postive signs in Economic revive in US will gererate positive sentiments in rest of the world too.

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