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U.S. economy contracts in Q1; outlook murky as unsold goods accumulate

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By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy contracted slightly more than previously estimated in the first quarter as the trade deficit widened to a record high and a resurgence in COVID-19 infections curbed spending on services like recreation. The Commerce Department’s third estimate of gross domestic product on Wednesday also showed some underlying softness in the economy, with consumer spending revised lower and inventories higher than reported last month. This is a potential red flag for domestic demand and the economic outlook amid recession jitters as the Federal Reserve …

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