• In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, Joe Russo, of Medway, Mass., puts a bag of potting soil into a cart while shopping at a Home Depot store location, in Bellingham, Mass. The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment, according to information released by the Commerce Department, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment. Yet most analysts forecast much faster growth in the summer and fall, fueled by healthy consumer spending.