WASHINGTON -- The economic recovery turned out to be stronger than expected while the recession wasn't quite so bad as believed, the Commerce Department said in revised estimates for gross domestic product released yesterday.

The latest GDP figures also showed that growth slowed to a snail's pace of only 1.3% in the first half of this year, leaving analysts wondering how much of a pickup is in store. Second-quarter GDP grew 1.8% after a piddling gain of 0.8% in the period from January to March.

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