0000051931-12-000773.txt : 20121121 0000051931-12-000773.hdr.sgml : 20121121 20121121152531 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000051931-12-000773 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 8 FILED AS OF DATE: 20121121 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20121121 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20121121 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000044201 IRS NUMBER: 520792143 STATE OF INCORPORATION: MD FISCAL YEAR END: 0831 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 002-14728 FILM NUMBER: 121221110 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: ONE MARKET - STEUART TOWER STREET 2: SUITE 1800 CITY: SAN FRANCISCO STATE: CA ZIP: 94105 BUSINESS PHONE: 415-421-9360 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: P.O. BOX 7650 (MICG) CITY: SAN FRANCISCO STATE: CA ZIP: 94120 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000044201 IRS NUMBER: 520792143 STATE OF INCORPORATION: MD FISCAL YEAR END: 0831 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-00862 FILM NUMBER: 121221111 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: ONE MARKET - STEUART TOWER STREET 2: SUITE 1800 CITY: SAN FRANCISCO STATE: CA ZIP: 94105 BUSINESS PHONE: 415-421-9360 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: P.O. BOX 7650 (MICG) CITY: SAN FRANCISCO STATE: CA ZIP: 94120 0000044201 S000009228 GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC C000025064 Class A AGTHX C000025065 Class R-1 RGAAX C000025066 Class R-2 RGABX C000025067 Class R-3 RGACX C000025068 Class R-4 RGAEX C000025069 Class R-5 RGAFX C000025070 Class B AGRBX C000025071 Class C GFACX C000025072 Class F-1 GFAFX C000025073 Class 529-A CGFAX C000025074 Class 529-B CGFBX C000025075 Class 529-C CGFCX C000025076 Class 529-E CGFEX C000025077 Class 529-F-1 CGFFX C000068598 Class F-2 GFFFX C000077891 Class R-6 RGAGX 485BPOS 1 gfa485bxbrl.htm THE GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA, INC. gfa485bxbrl.htm
SEC File Nos.  002-14728
811-00862


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549
____________

FORM N-1A

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

Post-Effective Amendment No. 91(X)

and

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940

Amendment No. 50(X)
____________

THE GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

One Market, Steuart Tower, Suite 2000, San Francisco, California 94105-1409
 (Address of Principal Executive Offices) (ZIP Code)

Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code:  (415) 421-9360
____________

Patrick F. Quan
Secretary
The Growth Fund of America, Inc.
One Market
Steuart Tower, Suite 2000
San Francisco, California 94105-1409

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

Copy to:

Mark D. Perlow
K&L Gates LLP
 Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94111-5994
(Counsel for the Registrant)
____________

Approximate date of proposed public offering:

[X]It is proposed that this filing become effective immediately pursuant to paragraph (b) of Rule 485.
 
 
 

 
SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for effectiveness of this registration statement under Rule 485(b) under the Securities Act of 1933 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, duly authorized, in the City and County of San Francisco, and State of California on the 21st day of November, 2012.
 
THE GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA, INC.

By:  /s/ Patrick F. Quan
(Patrick F. Quan, Secretary)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed below on November 21, 2012, by the following persons in the capacities indicated.
 
 
 
Signature
 
Title
 
(1)
 
Principal Executive Officer:
 
 
/s/ Paul F. Roye
 
Executive Vice President
 
(Paul F. Roye)
 
 
(2)
 
Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer:
 
 
/s/ Jeffrey P. Regal
 
Treasurer
 
(Jeffrey P. Regal)
     
 
(3)
 
Directors:
 
 
Ronald P. Badie*
 
Director
 
 
Joseph C. Berenato*
 
Chairman of the Board (Independent and Non-Executive)
 
 
Louise H. Bryson*
 
Director
 
 
Robert J. Denison*
 
Director
 
 
Mary Anne Dolan *
 
Director
 
 
Robert A. Fox*
 
Director
 
 
John G. Freund*
 
Director
 
 
Leonade D. Jones*
 
Director
 
 
William H. Kling*
 
Director
 
 
John G. McDonald*
 
Director
 
/s/ Donald D. O’Neal
President
 
 
(Donald D. O'Neal)
 
/s/ James F. Rothenberg
Vice Chairman
 
 
(James F. Rothenberg)
 
 
 
Christopher E. Stone*
 
Director
 
 
*By: /s/ Patrick F. Quan
 
 
(Patrick F. Quan, pursuant to a power of attorney filed herewith)
 

Counsel represents that this amendment does not contain disclosures that would make the amendment ineligible for effectiveness under the provisions of rule 485(b).

/s/ Michael J. Triessl
(Michael J. Triessl, Counsel)
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Ronald P. Badie, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Jeffrey P. Regal
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Flintridge, CA, this 3rd day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Ronald P. Badie
Ronald P. Badie, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Joseph C. Berenato, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Jeffrey P. Regal
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Rolling Hills, CA, this 3rd day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Joseph C. Berenato
Joseph C. Berenato, Board member

 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Louise H. Bryson, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
Jeffrey P. Regal
Ari M. Vinocor
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at San Marino, CA, this 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Louise H. Bryson
Louise H. Bryson, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Robert J. Denison, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Jeffrey P. Regal
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Tucson, AZ, this 31st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Robert J. Denison
Robert J. Denison, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Mary Anne Dolan, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
Jeffrey P. Regal
Ari M. Vinocor
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 3rd day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Mary Anne Dolan
Mary Anne Dolan, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Robert A. Fox, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund (File No. 002-83847, File No. 811-03734)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc.  (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
-  
International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
-  
New Perspective Fund, Inc. (File No. 002-47749, File No. 811-02333)
-  
New Perspective Fund
-  
New World Fund, Inc. (File No. 333-67455, File No. 811-09105)
-  
American Funds New World Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Jeffrey P. Regal
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Reno, NV, this 6th day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Robert A. Fox
Robert A. Fox, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, John G. Freund, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Jeffrey P. Regal
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Palo Alto, CA, this 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ John G. Freund
John G. Freund, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Leonade D. Jones, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
-  
International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
M. Susan Gupton
Jeffrey P. Regal
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Leonade D. Jones
Leonade D. Jones, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, William H. Kling, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund (File No. 002-83847, File No. 811-03734)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
New Perspective Fund, Inc. (File No. 002-47749, File No. 811-02333)
-  
New Perspective Fund
-  
New World Fund, Inc. (File No. 333-67455, File No. 811-09105)
-  
American Funds New World Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
Brian C. Janssen
Jeffrey P. Regal
Ari M. Vinocor
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Minneapolis, MN, this 6th day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ William H. Kling
William H. Kling, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, John G. McDonald, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
-  
American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund (File No. 002-83847, File No. 811-03734)
-  
EuroPacific Growth Fund
-  
The Growth Fund of America, Inc. (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
-  
The Growth Fund of America
-  
The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
-  
International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
New Perspective Fund, Inc. (File No. 002-47749, File No. 811-02333)
-  
New Perspective Fund
-  
New World Fund, Inc. (File No. 333-67455, File No. 811-09105)
-  
American Funds New World Fund
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
-  
SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Jeffrey P. Regal
Ari M. Vinocor
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Stanford, CA, this 1st day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ John G. McDonald
John G. McDonald, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Christopher E. Stone, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Funds Fundamental Investors (File No. 002-10760, File No. 811-00032)
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Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
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Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
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Capital World Growth and Income Fund
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The Growth Fund of America, Inc.  (File No. 002-14728, File No. 811-00862)
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The Growth Fund of America
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The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
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The New Economy Fund
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SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-32785, File No. 811-05888)
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SMALLCAP World Fund

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Jeffrey P. Regal
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at New York, NY, this 7th day of August, 2012.
(City, State)


/s/ Christopher E. Stone
Christopher E. Stone, Board member
 
 
 

 
Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.
Description
   
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XBRL Instance Document
EX-101.SCH
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
EX-101.CAL
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
EX-101.DEF
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
EX-101.LAB
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase
EX-101.PRE
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

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The example also assumes that your investment has a<br />5% return each year and that the fund's operating expenses remain<br />the same.</tt> <tt>The fund invests primarily in common stocks and seeks to invest in<br />companies that appear to offer superior opportunities for growth of<br />capital. The fund may invest a portion of its assets in securities<br />of issuers domiciled outside the United States.<br /> <br />The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio counselors<br />in managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of<br />the fund is divided into segments managed by individual counselors who<br />decide how their respective segments will be invested.<br /> <br />The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser<br />to make decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic<br />investment philosophy of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in<br />attractively valued companies that, in its opinion, represent good,<br />long-term investment opportunities. The investment adviser believes that<br />an important way to accomplish this is through fundamental analysis, which<br />may include meeting with company executives and employees, suppliers,<br />customers and competitors. Securities may be sold when the investment<br />adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively attractive<br />investment opportunities.</tt> The Growth Fund of America® You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in American Funds. Example After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Investment objective Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results. You may lose money by investing in the fund. Principal risks Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be: 0.18 Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ from the results shown above. In addition, after-tax returns are not relevant if you hold your fund shares through a tax-favored arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan, individual retirement account (IRA) or 529 college savings plan. Calendar year total returns for Class A shares (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.) (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.) Investment results 25000 The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total returns for various periods compare with a broad measure of market results. <tt>Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:<br /><br />Highest 17.21% (quarter ended June 30, 2003)<br />Lowest -23.11% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)<br /><br />The fund&#x2019;s total return for the nine months ended September 30th, 2012, was 17.86%.</tt> Annual fund operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge): <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have<br />varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's<br />average annual total returns for various periods compare with a broad<br />measure of market results.</tt> Portfolio turnover <tt>This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's<br />principal investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the<br />fund. The likelihood of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter<br />period of time. Investors in the fund should have a long-term perspective<br />and be able to tolerate potentially sharp declines in value.<br /> <br />Market conditions - The prices of, and the income generated by, the common<br />stocks and other securities held by the fund may decline due to market<br />conditions and other factors, including those directly involving the issuers<br />of securities held by the fund.<br /> <br />Investing in growth-oriented stocks - Growth-oriented stocks may involve<br />larger price swings and greater potential for loss than other types of<br />investments.<br /> <br />Investing outside the United States - Securities of issuers domiciled outside<br />the United States, or with significant operations outside the United States,<br />may lose value because of political, social, economic or market developments<br />or instability in the countries or regions in which the issuer operates. These<br />securities may also lose value due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates<br />against the U.S. dollar and/or currencies of other countries. Securities markets<br />in certain countries may be more volatile and/or less liquid than those in the<br />United States. Investments outside the United States may also be subject to<br />different settlement and accounting practices and different regulatory, legal<br />and reporting standards, and may be more difficult to value, than those in the<br />United States. The risks of investing outside the United States may be<br />heightened in connection with investments in emerging and developing countries.<br /><br />Management - The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund's<br />investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods and<br />analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not produce the<br />desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment<br />results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives.<br /> <br />Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or<br />guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other<br />governmental agency, entity or person. You should consider how this fund <br />fits into your overall investment program.</tt> Fees and expenses of the fund After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Principal investment strategies americanfunds.com. <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from<br />year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total<br />returns for various periods compare with a broad measure of market results. This<br />information provides some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. Past<br />investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future<br />investment results. Updated information on the fund's investment results can be<br />obtained by visiting americanfunds.com.</tt> <tt>This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and<br />hold shares of the fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and<br />your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in American<br />Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your<br />financial professional and in the "Sales charge reductions and waivers" section<br />on page 26 of the prospectus and on page 59 of the fund's statement of<br />additional information.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/OperatingExpensesData_S000009228Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> For the share classes listed below, you would pay the following if you did not redeem your shares: <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/PerformanceTableData_S000009228Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns<br />for other share classes will vary. 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ProspectusDate rr_ProspectusDate Nov. 01, 2012
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Risk/Return [Heading] rr_RiskReturnHeading The Growth Fund of America®
Objective [Heading] rr_ObjectiveHeading Investment objective
Objective, Primary [Text Block] rr_ObjectivePrimaryTextBlock The fund's investment objective is to provide you with growth of capital.
Expense [Heading] rr_ExpenseHeading Fees and expenses of the fund
Expense Narrative [Text Block] rr_ExpenseNarrativeTextBlock This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and
hold shares of the fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and
your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in American
Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your
financial professional and in the "Sales charge reductions and waivers" section
on page 26 of the prospectus and on page 59 of the fund's statement of
additional information.
Shareholder Fees Caption [Text] rr_ShareholderFeesCaption Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
Operating Expenses Caption [Text] rr_OperatingExpensesCaption Annual fund operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Portfolio Turnover [Heading] rr_PortfolioTurnoverHeading Portfolio turnover
Portfolio Turnover [Text Block] rr_PortfolioTurnoverTextBlock The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it
buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher
portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and
may result in higher taxes when fund shares are held in a taxable
account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund
operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund's investment
results. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund's portfolio
turnover rate was 18% of the average value of its portfolio.
Portfolio Turnover, Rate rr_PortfolioTurnoverRate 18.00%
Expense Breakpoint Discounts [Text] rr_ExpenseBreakpointDiscounts You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in American Funds.
Expense Breakpoint, Minimum Investment Required [Amount] rr_ExpenseBreakpointMinimumInvestmentRequiredAmount 25,000
Expense Example [Heading] rr_ExpenseExampleHeading Example
Expense Example Narrative [Text Block] rr_ExpenseExampleNarrativeTextBlock This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing
in the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.

The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the fund for the time
periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of
those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a
5% return each year and that the fund's operating expenses remain
the same.
Expense Example by, Year, Caption [Text] rr_ExpenseExampleByYearCaption Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
Expense Example, No Redemption, By Year, Caption [Text] rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionByYearCaption For the share classes listed below, you would pay the following if you did not redeem your shares:
Strategy [Heading] rr_StrategyHeading Principal investment strategies
Strategy Narrative [Text Block] rr_StrategyNarrativeTextBlock The fund invests primarily in common stocks and seeks to invest in
companies that appear to offer superior opportunities for growth of
capital. The fund may invest a portion of its assets in securities
of issuers domiciled outside the United States.

The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio counselors
in managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of
the fund is divided into segments managed by individual counselors who
decide how their respective segments will be invested.

The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser
to make decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic
investment philosophy of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in
attractively valued companies that, in its opinion, represent good,
long-term investment opportunities. The investment adviser believes that
an important way to accomplish this is through fundamental analysis, which
may include meeting with company executives and employees, suppliers,
customers and competitors. Securities may be sold when the investment
adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively attractive
investment opportunities.
Risk [Heading] rr_RiskHeading Principal risks
Risk Narrative [Text Block] rr_RiskNarrativeTextBlock This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's
principal investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the
fund. The likelihood of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter
period of time. Investors in the fund should have a long-term perspective
and be able to tolerate potentially sharp declines in value.

Market conditions - The prices of, and the income generated by, the common
stocks and other securities held by the fund may decline due to market
conditions and other factors, including those directly involving the issuers
of securities held by the fund.

Investing in growth-oriented stocks - Growth-oriented stocks may involve
larger price swings and greater potential for loss than other types of
investments.

Investing outside the United States - Securities of issuers domiciled outside
the United States, or with significant operations outside the United States,
may lose value because of political, social, economic or market developments
or instability in the countries or regions in which the issuer operates. These
securities may also lose value due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates
against the U.S. dollar and/or currencies of other countries. Securities markets
in certain countries may be more volatile and/or less liquid than those in the
United States. Investments outside the United States may also be subject to
different settlement and accounting practices and different regulatory, legal
and reporting standards, and may be more difficult to value, than those in the
United States. The risks of investing outside the United States may be
heightened in connection with investments in emerging and developing countries.

Management - The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund's
investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods and
analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not produce the
desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment
results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives.

Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or
guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other
governmental agency, entity or person. You should consider how this fund
fits into your overall investment program.
Risk Lose Money [Text] rr_RiskLoseMoney You may lose money by investing in the fund.
Risk Not Insured Depository Institution [Text] rr_RiskNotInsuredDepositoryInstitution Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency, entity or person.
Bar Chart and Performance Table [Heading] rr_BarChartAndPerformanceTableHeading Investment results
Performance Narrative [Text Block] rr_PerformanceNarrativeTextBlock The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from
year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total
returns for various periods compare with a broad measure of market results. This
information provides some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. Past
investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future
investment results. Updated information on the fund's investment results can be
obtained by visiting americanfunds.com.
Performance Information Illustrates Variability of Returns [Text] rr_PerformanceInformationIllustratesVariabilityOfReturns The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total returns for various periods compare with a broad measure of market results.
Performance Availability Website Address [Text] rr_PerformanceAvailabilityWebSiteAddress americanfunds.com.
Performance Past Does Not Indicate Future [Text] rr_PerformancePastDoesNotIndicateFuture Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results.
Bar Chart [Heading] rr_BarChartHeading Calendar year total returns for Class A shares (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.)
Bar Chart Narrative [Text Block] rr_BarChartNarrativeTextBlock The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have
varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's
average annual total returns for various periods compare with a broad
measure of market results.
Bar Chart Does Not Reflect Sales Loads [Text] rr_BarChartDoesNotReflectSalesLoads (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.)
Bar Chart Closing [Text Block] rr_BarChartClosingTextBlock Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:

Highest 17.21% (quarter ended June 30, 2003)
Lowest -23.11% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)

The fund’s total return for the nine months ended September 30th, 2012, was 17.86%.
Performance Table Uses Highest Federal Rate rr_PerformanceTableUsesHighestFederalRate After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes.
Performance Table Not Relevant to Tax Deferred rr_PerformanceTableNotRelevantToTaxDeferred Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ from the results shown above. In addition, after-tax returns are not relevant if you hold your fund shares through a tax-favored arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan, individual retirement account (IRA) or 529 college savings plan.
Performance Table One Class of after Tax Shown [Text] rr_PerformanceTableOneClassOfAfterTaxShown After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary.
Performance Table Narrative rr_PerformanceTableNarrativeTextBlock After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns
for other share classes will vary. After-tax returns are calculated using
the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year
of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes.
Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and
likely will differ from the results shown above. In addition, after-tax
returns are not relevant if you hold your fund shares through a tax-favored
arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan, individual retirement account (IRA) or
529 college savings plan.
Caption rr_AverageAnnualReturnCaption Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge):
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | S&P 500
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel S&P 500 (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 2.09%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.25%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.92%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 10.37%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Dec. 01, 1973
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 5.75%
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00% [1]
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.24%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.19%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.71%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 643
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 789
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 947
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,407
Annual Return 2002 rr_AnnualReturn2002 (22.02%)
Annual Return 2003 rr_AnnualReturn2003 32.90%
Annual Return 2004 rr_AnnualReturn2004 11.95%
Annual Return 2005 rr_AnnualReturn2005 14.23%
Annual Return 2006 rr_AnnualReturn2006 10.94%
Annual Return 2007 rr_AnnualReturn2007 10.95%
Annual Return 2008 rr_AnnualReturn2008 (39.07%)
Annual Return 2009 rr_AnnualReturn2009 34.48%
Annual Return 2010 rr_AnnualReturn2010 12.28%
Annual Return 2011 rr_AnnualReturn2011 (4.89%)
Year to Date Return, Label rr_YearToDateReturnLabel The fund's total return for the nine months ended
Bar Chart, Year to Date Return, Date rr_BarChartYearToDateReturnDate Sep. 30, 2012
Bar Chart, Year to Date Return rr_BarChartYearToDateReturn 17.86%
Highest Quarterly Return, Label rr_HighestQuarterlyReturnLabel Highest
Highest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturnDate Jun. 30, 2003
Highest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartHighestQuarterlyReturn 17.21%
Lowest Quarterly Return, Label rr_LowestQuarterlyReturnLabel Lowest
Lowest Quarterly Return, Date rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturnDate Dec. 31, 2008
Lowest Quarterly Return rr_BarChartLowestQuarterlyReturn (23.11%)
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - Before taxes
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (10.37%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.76%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 3.01%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 13.01%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Dec. 01, 1973
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class A | After Taxes on Distributions
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - After taxes on distributions
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (10.47%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (2.07%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.76%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Dec. 01, 1973
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class A | After Taxes on Distributions and Sales
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class A - After taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (6.60%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.48%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.61%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Dec. 01, 1973
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class B
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 5.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.18%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.46%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 649
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 862
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 997
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,543
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 149
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 462
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 797
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,543
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class B (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (10.31%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.71%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.99%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 1.10%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2000
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class C
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.21%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.49%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 252
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 471
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 813
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,779
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 152
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 471
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 813
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,779
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class C (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (6.57%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.36%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 2.80%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 2.52%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2001
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class F-1
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.15%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.68%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 69
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 218
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 379
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 847
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-1 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (4.84%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.56%)
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 3.63%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.29%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 15, 2001
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class F-2
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.16%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.44%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 45
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 141
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 246
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 555
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class F-2 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (4.63%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception (0.39%)
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Aug. 01, 2008
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class 529-A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 5.75%
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00% [1]
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.21%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.28%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.77%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 669
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 846
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,037
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,579
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-A (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (10.41%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.80%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.51%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 15, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class 529-B
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 5.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.29%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.57%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 679
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 934
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 1,112
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,754
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 179
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 534
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 912
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,754
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-B (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (10.39%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.80%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.42%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 15, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class 529-C
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00%
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.99%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.29%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.56%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 278
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 531
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 907
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,956
Expense Example, No Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear01 178
Expense Example, No Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear03 531
Expense Example, No Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear05 907
Expense Example, No Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionYear10 1,956
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-C (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (6.60%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.42%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.27%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Feb. 15, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class 529-E
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.25%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.03%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 125
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 367
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 627
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,362
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-E (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (5.17%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.92%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.67%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Mar. 01, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class 529-F-1
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Maximum annual account fee (529 share classes only) rr_MaximumAccountFee 10
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.28%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.56%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 77
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 219
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 372
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 808
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class 529-F-1 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (4.72%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.43%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.87%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Sep. 16, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class R-1
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 1.00%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.16%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.44%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 147
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 456
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 787
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,724
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-1 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (5.58%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.34%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 4.26%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Jun. 06, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class R-2
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.74%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.39%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 1.41%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 144
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 446
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 771
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,691
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-2(before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (5.55%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (1.31%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 3.74%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 21, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class R-3
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.50%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.20%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.98%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 100
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 312
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 542
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 1,201
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-3 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (5.14%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.87%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 4.20%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 21, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class R-4
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.16%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.69%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 70
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 221
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 384
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 859
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-4 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (4.87%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.59%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 4.58%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 28, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class R-5
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.11%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.39%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 40
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 125
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 219
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 493
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-5 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (4.59%)
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 (0.29%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 4.68%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 15, 2002
GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC (Prospectus Summary) | GROWTH FUND OF AMERICA INC | Class R-6
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice none
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_RedemptionFee none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.28%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets none
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.06%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.34%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 35
Expense Example, with Redemption, 3 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear03 109
Expense Example, with Redemption, 5 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear05 191
Expense Example, with Redemption, 10 Years rr_ExpenseExampleYear10 431
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Share class R-6 (before taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 (4.53%)
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 12.52%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate May 01, 2009
[1] A contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00% applies on certain redemptions within one year following purchases of $1 million or more made without an initial sales charge.