The pace of growth in the U.S. economy in the first three months of 2019 was left at 3.1%, revised government figures show, as stronger business investment offset a weaker increase in consumer spending.
Most economists predict growth will taper off in the second quarter, however. The first quarter benefited from a surprisingly large increase in inventories of unsold goods as well as an improved trade balance, neither of which is expected to be repeated.
The third and latest estimate showed somewhat better business investment: up 3% vs. a prior 1% reading. Companies spent more on intellectual property and structures such as office buildings.
Stronger investment helped offset weak consumer spending. The increase in consumption was trimmed to 0.9% from 1.3% — the smallest increase in a year.
U.S exports, meanwhile, rose a faster 5.4% (vs. prior 4.8%), while imports dropped a smaller 1.9% (vs. prior 2.5%).
The change in the value of inventories was slightly reduced to $122.8 billion.
Inflation excluding food and energy rose at a 1.2% annual rate instead of 1% as previously reported.
Most of the other figures in the report were little changed.
Source : Market Watch