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US economy still growing, but at a slower rate

The nation's factories, mines, and utilities operated at 81.7 percent of capacity in May, up only slightly from the April rate, the government reported Monday.

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Other economic statistics have also appeared to show a slackening in the formerly robust recovery, including a May increase of just 0.2 percent in retail sales.

In another development, the Commerce Department said Monday that the United States ran up a record trade deficit of $19.4 billion in the first three months of 1984.