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Seven charts showing awful first-quarter US economic growth

The world’s biggest economy posted disappointing first-quarter GDP growth of just 0.1%. That’s well short of expectations for a 1.1% annualized gain.

Business investment was weak, falling an annualized 2.1%.

It was another bad quarter for housing, with residential investment—that’s stuff like homebuilding and renovations—falling an annualized 5.7%.

Real final sales, a measure of consumer spending that strips out the impact of inventory growth, was up a scant 0.7% in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the final three months of 2013.

Total government spending continued to be a drag, falling an annualized 0.5%.

Defense spending fell 2.4% quarter-on-quarter.

US spending on utilities surged in the quarter, thanks to the dismal weather. Expenditures on housing and utilities rose 6%, quarter-on-quarter.

 

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