February 15th marked the halfway point of the first quarter of 2009 (Q1 2009), and that admittedly artificial benchmark allows us to look back on the performance of the U.S. economy over the "first half" of quarter and look ahead to the "second half" of Q1 against the backdrop of our 2009 Outlook, which was published in December 2008.

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