GS: Downgrading our Q2 and Q3 GDP forecasts

As previously suspected, the soft patch looks to be continuing, making things all the more vulnerable to a govt spending interruption in August.

Following another week of weak economic data, we have cut our estimates for real GDP growth in the second and third quarter of 2011 to 1.5% and 2.5%, respectively, from 2% and 3.25. Our forecasts for Q4 and 2012 are under review, but even excluding any further changes we now expect the unemployment rate to come down only modestly to 8¾% at the end of 2012.

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