The U.S. economy gathered momentum during the first full quarter with President Trump in charge.
Economic growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.6% from April through June, the government said Friday. That was about what economists had expected.
Second-quarter growth more than doubled the sluggish pace from the first three months of the year. First-quarter economic growth was revised down to 1.2%.
The economy gained steam in part because of stronger consumer spending, according to the Commerce Department. Helped by the strong job market, personal spending grew at a 2.8% pace, faster than in the first quarter.
That's a relief because despite stronger consumer confidence, Americans have been unwilling to spend more.
The economy also benefited during the second quarter from increased federal government spending.
"The real economy remains in good shape," Andrew Hunter, an economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a report.
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