WASHINGTON — Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the U.S. — increased at an annual rate of 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the final estimate released by the Commerce Department Thursday.

The GDP growth was just short of the 0.5% increase projected by economists polled by Thomson Reuters, and represented the weakest quarter since a 0.1% annualized growth rate in the first quarter of 2011.

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