US economy shrank 0.2 pct. in 1st quarter; rebound expected in spring by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2015 at 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, photo, carpenter Joe Tominc cuts wood for a post on a new construction home in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Commerce Department issues its last of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.The Commerce Department says the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, shrank at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.2 per cent from January through March. That’s better than last month’s estimate of a 0.7 per cent decrease.Harsh winter weather slowed spending by keeping consumers away from shopping malls and auto dealerships. The trade deficit ballooned, slicing growth by the most since 1985 as exports fell and imports rose.Yet consumers stepped up their spending in May, and home sales climbed — signs that the economy is back on track.