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Hopes up for sunnier US economy once winter fades

Most analysts say the snowstorms and extreme cold have exerted a harmful but only temporary effect on the economy.
Most analysts say the snowstorms and extreme cold have exerted a harmful but only temporary effect on the economy.Elise Amendola/Associated Press/File

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WASHINGTON — When the weather warms up, so, too, will the US economy.

That, at least, is the prevailing view of economists, who shrugged off a government report Friday that the economy was weaker last quarter than first thought.

Severe winter weather is probably slowing growth again this quarter. But as the chill and snow fade into memory, long-delayed spending by consumers and businesses could invigorate the economy starting in spring.

‘‘Weather is having an impact on a lot of the data,’’ said Doug Handler, chief economist at IHS Global Insight. ‘‘We will likely see a boost from pent-up demand in coming weeks.’’

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