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There are few other signs of strength. Even business investment is expected to drop, as a report earlier this week showed that business orders for capital goods fell in July.

When adjusted for inflation, the economy is still smaller than it was before the recession. The nation produced about $13.23 trillion in goods and services in 2007. That total fell to $12.88 trillion in 2009, during the depths of the downturn, and has since recovered to a $13.19 billion annual pace in the April-to-June period.

The government’s GDP report measures the economy’s output of goods and services and covers everything from autos to haircuts. Friday’s report is the second of three estimates the government makes each quarter.

AP Business Writers Alan Zibel and Christopher S. Rugaber contributed from Washington to this report.