WASHINGTON — Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the U.S. — increased at an annual rate of 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013, according to the final estimate released by the Commerce Department Wednesday.

The GDP growth was far less robust than the 2.4% increase projected by economists polled by Thomson Reuters, but was stronger than the 0.4% uptick reported in the final quarter of 2012. The preliminary estimate released in May pegged first quarter growth at 2.4%.

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