- News from this week's data releases decreased the nowcast for 2018:Q4 by 0.2 percentage point and decreased the nowcast for 2019:Q1 by 1.1 percentage points.
- Negative surprises from retail sales, capacity utilization, and industrial production data drove the decrease.
- The first 2018:Q4 GDP release, originally scheduled for January 30, has been postponed to February 28 as a result of the partial shutdown of the federal government.
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