Economists sour on US outlook after spending stumbles

  • Ford employees assemble the Ford F-150 Lightning at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, in Dearborn, Michigan, on March 2, 2022. (David Guralnick/The Detroit News/TNS)

An influx of data showing softer consumer spending, sagging sentiment and subdued manufacturing suggest a U.S. economy with a more fragile foundation, prompting several forecasters to lower their estimates for growth.