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US economy grows 2.5% on buoyant consumer spending

26 April 2013 Last updated at 22:03 BST

The US economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5% in the first three months of the year, helped by the strongest consumer spending figures in two years.

While the growth figure was lower than analysts' expectations, it was better than the 0.4% rate recorded in the final quarter of last year.

Consumer spending rose at an annualised rate of 3.2%, according to the Commerce Department data.

Samira Hussain reports.