WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll.
The April-June increase in the gross domestic product, the economys total output of goods and services, slipped from a brisk 3.1% gain in the first quarter, the Commerce Department reported today.
The governments third and final look at second-quarter GDP growth was the same as the previous estimate, although the components were slightly altered. Consumer spending and business investment rose at slower rates than previously estimated, but this was offset by slightly stronger gains in government spending and exports.
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