WASHINGTON — The U.S. first-quarter real gross domestic product report shows steady growth albeit at a slow pace, but the details are consistent with further slowdown.

First-quarter real GDP posted a 0.6% rise, the same pace as in the fourth quarter and as expected, but real final sales fell 0.2% in a sign of weakness. This marked the first drop in final sales since a 0.5% decline in the fourth quarter of 2005.

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