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Firms to Cut Capital Spending

September 11, 1986|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses, beset by a sluggish economy and tax-law uncertainty, have reduced their investment spending plans by 2.5% for this year, the biggest cut since the last recession, the government reported today.

The Commerce Department said a survey found that businesses, after adjusting for inflation, plan to spend $376.47 billion this year on capital improvement projects. Economists blamed the weak economy, cutbacks in oil and gas drilling, and uncertainty over changes in the tax law.

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