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Economists in the CNBC/Moody’s Analytics rapid update now see second quarter GDP growth tracking at 2.5 percent, in line with the slow pace of the last several years.
Economists had seen the second quarter tracking as high as 3.8 percent early in the quarter. But the growth outlook has rolled back as data failed to meet expectations. Quarterly GDP growth has chugged along at mostly around 2 percent since late 2014.
The latest cuts to second quarter tracking GDP growth followed Friday’s June reports of CPI, retail sales, and industrial production. First quarter growth was 1.2 percent.
The Atlanta Fed cut its forecast by 0.2, to 2.4 percent Friday, and Goldman Sachs shaved 0.1 from its forecast, to 1.9 percent, based mainly on a surprise 0.2 percent decline in retail sales.