GDP Falls, Despite Govt. Manipulation; 3-yr. Net Negative Economic Growth All I need to check the world economy is to know what is happening to retail sales in America. Retail sales says we are in a Depression and have been for almost two years. Obama is manipulating the GDP by fudging several factors. His Department of Labor Statistics clowns will do anything for a paycheck. Soon, he will be able to say we are out of the 'recession' while the economy continues to plummet. To keep track of the international economy, it helps to also look at the international shipping that has fallen tremendously. Ask China if they really have a miracle economic recovery if they are not shipping product like they used to.