U.S. economy stalls in first quarter

by Sean Higgins,  Washington Examiner

The U.S. economy stalled in the first quarter, expanding by just 0.2 percent, hurt by weak exports and a drop in business investment, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The figure fell short of analyst’s predictions of 1 percent growth and well below the previous quarter’s 2.2 percent growth, indicating that the U.S. economy is losing momentum, undermining President Obama’s recent efforts to tout the economic recovery.

The slowdown reflected lower consumer spending, declining exports, lower business investment and less state and local government spending. The declines were offset by lower-than-expected imports, inventory build-ups by private business and an increase in federal spending.  Read the entire story.

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