US Economic Growth Slows to 1.1% While Inflation Accelerates
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April 27 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

US Economic Growth Slows to 1.1% While Inflation Accelerates

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section: 

The outlook depends largely on the resiliency of the job market. Low unemployment and persistent wage gains have so far allowed consumers to weather high inflation and keep spending.

The personal consumption expenditures price index grew at an 4.2% annualized pace in the January to March period. Excluding food and energy, the index rose 4.9%, faster than forecast and the most in a year. March data will be released Friday. Services inflation remained hot while prices of non-durable goods accelerated.

The inflation and consumer spending figures likely keep the Fed on track to raise interest rates by a quarter percentage point next week. First Republic Bank’s continuing struggles, however, do raise the possibility that the central bank could pause.

Eoin Treacy's view

Consumer demand surged in the early part of the first quarter and eased back in the later part of the quarter. At the same time economic growth eased and inflation increased. 

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