CHART OF THE DAY: The Jaw-Dropping Decline In Military Spending That Clubbed GDP

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Why did GDP decline?

Simple, because of a massive decline in military spending that’s associated with war drawdown (not sequester/budget cuts).

Here’s the chart that shows that this quarter’s military spending collapsed in a way that it hasn’t done in a decade. It shows the sequential change in defence consumption, and as you can see it fell by over $40 billion from the previous quarter.

For more on today’s GDP report, see here >

chart of the day shows decline in military spending, january 2013

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