Reports from the Federal Reserve districts suggest that economic activity remained generally weak in late April and May.
Three districts described economic activity as softer, weaker, or lower, with an additional four districts reporting slower, sluggish, or modest economic growth. The remaining five districts of Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Francisco described activity as stable or little changed in recent weeks.
Consumer spending slowed since the last report as incomes were pinched by rising energy and food prices. Higher energy prices also appeared to dampen domestic tourism. Reports on non-financial services varied across districts and industries.
Manufacturing activity was generally soft in recent weeks, with weak demand for housing-related and some other products but with increasing demand for exports. Residential real estate markets remained weak across most districts. Commercial real estate conditions varied across districts, as did reports on nonresidential construction activity.
Lending activity also varied across districts and market segments, though tighter credit standards were reported for most loan categories. Districts reporting on the agriculture and energy sectors noted improved crop conditions and increased drilling and extraction activity.