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    US economy shrank 0.9pc last quarter, its 2nd straight drop

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States (US) economy shrank from April through June for a second straight quarter, contracting at a 0.9 per cent annual pace and raising fears that the nation may be approaching a recession.

    The decline that the Commerce Department reported yesterday in the gross domestic product – the broadest gauge of the economy – followed a 1.6-per-cent annual drop from January through March. Consecutive quarters of falling GDP constitute one informal, though not definitive, indicator of a recession.

    The report comes at a critical time. Consumers and businesses have been struggling under the weight of punishing inflation and higher borrowing costs. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a sizable three-quarters of a point for a second straight time in its push to conquer the worst inflation outbreak in four decades.

    The Fed is hoping to achieve a notoriously difficult “soft landing”: An economic slowdown that manages to rein in rocketing prices without triggering a recession.

    A man shops at a supermarket in New York. PHOTO: AP
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