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US posts poor first quarter economy described as 'tepid'


US posts poor first quarter economy described as 'tepid'


The US economy has suffered a poor first quarter as trade was hit by a resurgent dollar, a poor economic outlook and disruption at West Coast ports.

The government estimates GDP to shrink at an annual rate of 0.7 percent as opposed to the 0.2 percent forecast last month.

Certain parts of the US were hit by some serious snow, which has also had an impact on the figures.

Another downward trend has been consumer spending with Americans seemingly unwilling to splash to cash.

The numbers are only marginally better for the second quarter with economists summing up the mood as tepid.

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