"US employment costs rose the most since 2007 and wages are now rising at an annualized clip over 3%".
Though the first-quarter figure isn't a verdict on President Donald Trump's policies, economists are generally skeptical that growth will reach his goal of 3% to 4% on a sustained basis. However, the Trump administration looks keen on turning things around with a legendary tax reform aimed at cutting corporate taxes from 35% to 15%.
Economists are more skeptical.
The economic growth of United Kingdom has performed better than anticipated after the Brexit vote past year, underpinned by the looser monetary and fiscal policy, solid global growth and a weaker British pound.
"The cupboard is bare when companies need to hire skilled labor".
The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending.
"Indeed, since 2010, the average for first-quarter growth is only 0.9%, compared with 2.4% in each of the other three quarters", he added.
A mild winter undercut demand for heating and utilities production.
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Anemic consumer spending also raises doubts as how a tax plan so heavily tilted toward investors, corporations and the very rich would help the economy all that much.
Though only slightly below the 0.8 per cent increase in the same quarter of a year ago, the pace fell well below analyst expectations for 1.1 per cent.
Given this background, a moderation in real GDP growth this year appears likely as accelerating inflation continues to hurt households' real income growth and spending. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has previously described quarterly GDP as "noisy". "I look at it more of an aberration to first-quarter activity than something indicative of a pattern and expect sentiment to translate into a relatively sturdy if not strong spending pattern".
"There is enough reason to doubt the growth slowdown for the Fed to stay the course on tightening, especially with a bigger-than-expected pop in employment costs", said Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in NY.
In addition, preliminary estimates of GDP are subject to revisions of an average of 0.6 points.
Gross domestic product, which measures output of goods and services, grew 0.6% seasonally adjusted from the fourth quarter of 2016, and was up 2.7% from the year-earlier period, the National Statistics Institute said Friday. Consumption spending increased to an annual rate of $11.7 trillion, up $9.7 billion from the preceding quarter. That led to spending on nonresidential structures rebounding at a 22.1 percent pace, the fastest in three years.
American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello noted the report also showed there was a reduction in business inventories during the quarter, which he said on Twitter will "pay dividends later for trucking" and that the increase in business investment was "another positive sign".