Chart of the Day: GDP Growth in Q1

Real GDP grew 3.2 percent in the first quarter:

Consumer spending was weak in the first quarter but fixed investment was strong. Production of goods was actually negative for the quarter, but was made up for by services, fixed investment, and extraordinarily strong net exports. The federal government contributed zero to the increase in GDP.

The PCE price index plummeted to 0.6 percent in the first quarter. Inflation is obviously very well under control.

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