WASHINGTON — The fourth-quarter 2008 real gross domestic product revision was to a 6.2% decline — pretty much as expected, but a far reach from the 3.8% drop printed in the prior estimate and a much sharper than normal change from the usual 0.5 point “miss.” The sharp change reflects new data and alterations to seasonal adjustments for key components.

Perhaps most telling in the data was the fact that real final sales were revised to a 6.4% slide from a 5.1% decrease.

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