US economic growth in Q1 upgraded to 1.4 percent

FILE - In this Thursday, March 23, 2017, file photo, workers manufacture thermal protection systems for NASA at Bally Ribbon Mills in Bally, Pa. U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May 2017 by adding only 138,000 jobs. Hiring was still enough to help keep pushing unemployment lower. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy got off to a lackluster start during the first three months of 2017, though it had a bit more momentum than earlier estimates indicated.

The Commerce Department says the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the first quarter — better than a previous estimate of 1.2 percent. The upgrade reflects new-found strength in consumer spending and exports.

The result is weaker than 2.1 percent growth in the fourth quarter and matches the growth rate recorded the second quarter of 2016. It is still well below President Donald Trump’s ambitious growth targets.

Analysts expect growth to accelerate in the second quarter, fueled by solid hiring and an uptick in consumer spending.

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