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Growth of key high-income economies, at a glance

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — How badly did the U.S. economy fare during the first three months of the year? Worse than any of the other high-income economies in the Group of 7 nations.

Battered by a brutal winter, the economy shrank at an estimated 1 percent annual pace from January through March — and the government will likely downgrade that figure Wednesday.

Here's a best-to-worst roundup of first-quarter economic growth for the G-7 countries plus China:

JAPAN

A 6.7 percent annual gain from January through March, thanks to "Abenomics" — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's program of aggressive government spending and easy-money policies from the Bank of Japan. Still, economists doubt that the breakneck pace is sustainable, especially after Japan raised its sales tax in April.

CHINA

A 5.7 percent annual increase from January through March, well below China's double-digit growth of a few years ago. The slowdown in part reflects a government policy to shift away from growth dependent on exports and investments in factories, real estate and infrastructure and toward slower, steadier growth based on spending by Chinese consumers.

GERMANY

A 3.3 percent annual rise in the first three months of the year on strong consumer spending and business investment.

BRITAIN

A 3.3 percent annual gain, boosted by a recovery in construction spending.

CANADA

A 1.2 percent annual increase, the slowest growth since the end of 2012, on weaker business investment and government cutbacks.

FRANCE

A 0.1 percent annual gain, with consumer spending and business investment slowing.

ITALY

A 0.5 percent annual drop as Italian consumers and businesses continued to struggle in the wake of a recession in the eurozone — the 18 countries that use the euro currency.

UNITED STATES

A 1 percent annual decline as a frigid and icy winter kept consumers indoors and businesses let their inventories dwindle.

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Sources: FactSet, IHS Global Insight, U.S. Commerce Department.


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