Yes, the economy has slowed down due to the housing market decline, the credit meltdown, and high oil/food prices. But, according to a report today, the economy’s GDP still grew 0.6 percent. No, it’s nothing special, but it does bring out one point. By definition, we are NOT in a recession.
The definition of recession from Investopedia.com:
A significant decline in activity spread across the economy, lasting longer than a few months. It is visible in industrial production, employment, real income and wholesale-retail trade. The technical indicator of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country’s gross domestic product (GDP).