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Goldman Cuts U.S. Growth Forecasts

  • Goldman now sees 5.6% U.S. growth in 2021 and 4% in 2022
  • Goldman says consumption, fiscal slowdown are key challenges
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WATCH: Economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut their forecasts for U.S. growth this year and next. Kathleen Hays reports. (Source: Bloomberg)

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists cut their forecasts for U.S. growth this year and next, blaming a delayed recovery in consumer spending.  
 
Goldman’s team, led by Jan Hatzius, said in a report on Sunday that they now expect growth of 5.6% on an annual basis in 2021 versus their previous estimate of 5.7%, and 4% next year, down from 4.4%. The declines were mostly offset by upgrades to their projections for the following two years.                                 

 “After updating our estimates of the key growth impulses that drive our consumption forecast—reopening, fiscal stimulus, pent-up savings, and wealth effects—and incorporating a longer-lasting virus drag on virus-sensitive consumer services spending, we now expect a more delayed recovery in consumer spending,” the economists said.