The US economy recorded a growth of 2.5 per cent in
the second quarter of the current year (April-June 2006)
against the 5.6 per cent growth in the first quarter,
according to figures released by the commerce department.
The rate of expansion in gross domestic product at 2.5
per cent was much below the Wall Street forecast of three
department said the deceleration in real GDP growth in
the second quarter largely reflected a decline in consumer
spending on durable goods, equipment and software. The
department also attributed it to rising inflationary pressures.
consumption expenditures (PCE), on which the Federal Reserve's
bases its inflation index, rose to 4.1 per cent in the
second quarter against 2.0 per cent in January-March.
Expenditure has gone up while consumption fell.
exports also grew much slower in the quarter, while federal
spending and residential fixed investment also declined
consumption growth has been due mainly to a fall in spending
on costly durable goods like new cars. At the same time,
expenditure on personal consumption minus food and energy
grew at 2.9 per cent in the second quarter, well ahead
of the first quarter's 2.1 per cent.
setting in of strong inflationary pressures comes ahead
of the central bank's next rate-setting meeting on August
8. Rising prices
and a worse-than-expected GDP growth may leave Fed chairman
Ben Bernanke with little choice than another rate hike.