U.S. consumer spending tumble in April

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumer spending dropped by a record in April as the COVID-19 pandemic undercut demand, buttressing expectations that the economy could contract in the second quarter at its steepest pace since the Great Depression.

The Commerce Department said on Friday consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, plunged 13.6% last month. That was the biggest drop since the government started tracking series in 1959, and followed a 6.9% tumble in March.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast consumer spending plummeting 12.6% in April.

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