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Early Statistics indicate a robust US economy

The US economy is roaring ahead again with a 7.2 percent rate of growth for the gross national product in the current first quarter, a jump from the 5 percent pace at the end of last year, the government projected Tuesday. The economic expansion under way is surprisingly robust compared with the expectations of many leading forecasters.

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The figures, expressed in seasonally adjusted annual rates, were contained in the ''flash report,'' a tentative forecast of current economic growth based on partial data. The report is made four times a year by the Commerce Department.

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