May 30, 2013 Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the government reports. At one point, economists thought growth was closer to 3 percent in the first three months of the year.
April 26, 2013 Growth was a bit weaker than economists expected, but was well above fourth-quarter 2012's weak 0.4 percent increase. The first-quarter figure is likely to be revised in coming months, perhaps closer to the 3.2 percent growth economists were expecting.
February 28, 2013 The economy barely grew in the fourth quarter of 2012, the government now says. But that's better than what it thought before — that the economy had contracted. Meanwhile, the number of people applying for jobless benefits fell last week.
January 30, 2013 The economy had not contracted in any quarter since the spring of 2009. Among the reasons why there wasn't growth in the last three months of 2012: steep cuts in defense spending.