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GDP Growth Moderates in Third Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 4.6 percent.

Third-quarter highlightsQ2Q Growth in Real GDP
The deceleration in GDP growth was more than accounted for by inventory investment, which detracted from growth in the third quarter after adding to it in the second quarter.

In addition:

  • Consumer spending decelerated, increasing 1.8 percent after increasing 2.5 percent. Spending on nondurable and durable goods both slowed, while services picked up.
  • Business investment rose but not as much as in the second quarter. Investment in structures, equipment, and intellectual property products slowed.
  • Exports of goods and services decelerated.

In contrast, imports declined in the third quarter after increasing significantly in the second quarter, reflecting downturns in nonautomotive consumer goods and in industrial supplies and materials.

Personal income and personal saving
Real disposable personal income (DPI), which adjusts for taxes and inflation, rose 2.7 percent in the third quarter after increasing 4.4 percent in the second quarter.

Personal saving as a percentage of DPI increased to 5.5 percent in the third quarter from 5.4 percent in the second quarter.

Pricesq2q
Prices of goods and services purchased by U.S. residents increased 1.3 percent in the third quarter after increasing 2.0 percent in the second quarter.

Prices of energy goods and services turned down in the third quarter, and food prices slowed.

Excluding food and energy, gross domestic purchase prices increased 1.5 percent in the third quarter after increasing 1.7 percent in the second quarter.

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GDP Turns up in Second Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The second-quarter growth rate was revised up 0.4 percentage point from the “second” estimate released in August. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 2.1 percent.

Second-quarter highlights QUARTER TO Quarter growth
Exports of notably nondurable industrial supplies and materials and nonfarm inventory investment by motor vehicle dealers accounted for much of the upturn in real GDP.

In addition, business investment accelerated, mainly in information processing equipment, as did consumer spending, mainly on motor vehicles and parts.

In contrast to these contributions, imports (a subtraction in the calculation of GDP) were higher in the second quarter than in the first quarter.

Revisions
The 0.4 percentage point revision to second-quarter GDP growth primarily reflected the following:

  • Business investment was revised up, notably manufacturing structures.
  • Exports were revised up, notably travel services.

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Corporate profits  corporate profits
Corporate profits increased 8.4 percent at a quarterly rate in the second quarter after decreasing 9.4 percent in the first quarter. The second quarter increase was the largest since the third quarter of 2010.

  • Profits of nonfinancial corporations rose 11.9 percent after falling 7.4 percent.
  • Profits of financial corporations rose 8.0 percent after falling 17.1 percent.
  • Profits from the rest of the world fell 0.9 percent after falling 6.1 percent.

Over the last 12 months, corporate profits rose 0.1 percent.

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American Samoa Economy Shrinks in 2013; Consumer Spending Grows

Estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) for American Samoa show that real GDP — adjusted to remove price changes — decreased 2.4 percent in 2013. In contrast, real GDP for the U.S. (excluding the territories) increased 2.2 percent in 2013.

The decline in the American Samoa economy reflected a decrease in territorial government spending that was partly offset by increases in consumer spending and private fixed investment.

Territorial government spending declined for a second year, primarily reflecting reductions in construction spending and purchases of equipment. Federal grant revenues, which make up a significant portion of the central government’s revenues, also decreased for a second year.

Consumer spending grew for the first time since 2004. The largest contributor to the increase in 2013 was purchases of nondurable goods. The growth in nondurable goods was driven primarily by food and beverage purchases.

Private fixed investment, which includes spending by businesses on construction and equipment, grew in 2013. This growth reflected investments by the tuna canning industry, including the completion of a multimillion-dollar cold storage facility in April 2013.

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