The US economy contracted by an annualized 1.5 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2022, slightly worse than initial estimates of a 1.4 percent decline, with the biggest drag coming from trade.
Imports surged more than initially anticipated (18.3 percent vs 17.7 percent in the advance estimate), led by nonfood and nonautomotive consumer goods and exports dropped slightly less (-5.4 percent vs -5.9 percent), mainly due to nondurable goods.
Also, private inventories subtracted 1.09 percentage points from the growth, the most in three quarters, led by decreases in wholesale trade (mainly motor vehicles) as well as mining, utilities, and construction (notably, utilities).
Meanwhile, fixed investment growth was revised lower but remained robust while housing investment grew much less than initially forecasted (0.4 percent vs 2.1 percent).
On the other hand, consumer spending rose more (3.1 percent vs 2.7 percent), led by housing and utilities and motor vehicles and parts while spending on gasoline and other energy goods decreased.