WASHINGTON — The U.S. fourth-quarter gross domestic product revision was up 0.6%, the same pace as in the prior estimate, but even with components that were slightly more favorably aligned, the key for the future is that first-quarter real growth components in hand remain slow.

The fourth-quarter revision reflects a narrower December trade gap than assumed, but lower inventories, and thus real final sales, originally rose 1.9%, printing a more favorable increase of 2.1%. The last time inventories subtracted so much from growth was the second quarter of 2005. The revisions reflect newly available data that substituted for estimates.

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