U.S. economy shrank by 1.4% in Q1 but consumers kept spending

The U.S. economy shrank last quarter for the first time since the pandemic recession struck two years ago, contracting at a 1.4% annual rate, yet consumers and businesses kept spending in a sign of underlying resilience. MATT ROURKE / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy shrank last quarter for the first time since the pandemic recession struck two years ago, contracting at a 1.4% annual rate, but consumers and businesses kept spending in a sign of underlying resilience. The steady spending suggested that the economy could keep expanding this year even though the Federal…

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