better than expected: it's the new way out of something.
The economy after the 2008 crash seems to be recovering at fast pace at the incessant sound of "better than expected". the only problem is that the predictions of what's "expected" are made by the same guys that didn't see the worse coming... when it was really better.
dude1: Hey dude? Is your wife really cheating on you and you still in this good mood?
dude2: Well.. it's because I thought she was double timing me with 3 different guys. Turned out to be only with two of them.
dude1: Oh, I get it! you're into the whole.. Better than expected thing