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U.S. GDP fell at a 1.4% pace to start the year as pandemic recovery takes a hit




Gross domestic product in the U.S. declined at a 1.4% pace in the first quarter, below analyst expectations of a 1% gain.


Declines in fixed investment, defense spending, and the record trade imbalance weighed on growth.


Gross domestic product unexpectedly declined at a 1.4% annualized pace in the first quarter, marking an abrupt reversal for an economy coming off its best performance since 1984, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.


The negative growth rate missed even the subdued Dow Jones estimate of a 1% gain for the quarter.


GDP measures the output of goods and services in the U.S. for a three-month period.


“In retrospect, this could be seen as a pivotal report,” said Simona Mocuta, chief economist at State Street Global Advisors. “It reminds us of the reality that growth has been great, but things are changing and they won’t be that great going forward.”


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