U.S. gross domestic product rose at a 6.4% annual rate in the first quarter, expanding a consumer-led rebound from the pandemic.

The U.S. economy appears to have expanded rapidly in the first quarter, extending what economists project will be a robust, consumer-led recovery from the pandemic this year.

Output grew at a 4.3% rate in the fourth quarter of last year after rising at a 33.4% clip in the third. The rebound from a steep downturn last spring early in the pandemic was quicker than what many economists expected but still left the economy in a hole. For all of last year, the economy shrank by 2.4% when comparing fourth-quarter output to a year earlier—the first contraction since the 2007-09 recession.

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