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U.S. Economic Growth Slowed Over the Summer Due to Delta Variant, Fed’s Beige Book Says

Report on economic activity cited a widespread pullback in dining out, travel and tourism related to latest Covid-19 surge

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The U.S. economic recovery slowed and prices continued rising over the summer as a resurgence of Covid-19 cases linked to the Delta variant led consumers to pare back spending and persistent supply chain problems hampered businesses, the Federal Reserve said in a report Wednesday.

“The deceleration in economic activity was largely attributable to a pullback in dining out, travel, and tourism in most Districts, reflecting safety concerns due to the rise of the Delta variant,” the report said. The report, known as the Beige Book, collects anecdotes from businesses around the country.

 

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