WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew more slowly than economists expected in the first quarter, expanding at an annual rate of 2.7% due partly to weaker consumer spending, according to a Commerce Department report released Friday.

Economists expected no change in the third and final gross domestic product estimate of the quarter from the second estimate of 3% growth, according to the median forecast in a Thomson Reuters survey of economists. The first quarter ended March 31.

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