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Retail Trade Led Growth in the Third Quarter Gross Domestic Product by Industry

Retail trade; health care and social assistance; and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the third quarter of 2015. Overall, 15 of 22 industry groups contributed to the 2.0 percent increase in real GDP in the third quarter.

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  • Retail trade increased 7.1 percent in the third quarter, after increasing 3.7 percent in the second quarter.
  • Health care and social assistance increased 5.5 percent, after increasing 2.1 percent.
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting increased 37.5 percent, after decreasing 3.9 percent.Real Value Jan 21

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American Samoa’s Economy Grows in 2014

American Samoa’s economy grew 1.6 percent in 2014, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today.

The estimate is for real GDP, which is adjusted to remove price changes. For comparison, real GDP for the United States (excluding U.S. territories) increased 2.4 percent in 2014.

The growth in the American Samoa economy reflected widespread increases among the components of GDP. These increases were partly offset by an increase in imports of goods, which is a subtraction item in the calculation of GDP.

Growth in private fixed investment and in exports of goods reflected increased activity of the tuna canning industry. Private fixed investment, which is spending by businesses on construction and equipment, increased for a second consecutive year. This growth reflected continued investments by the tuna canning industry, including the construction of a multimillion dollar tuna processing plant. The increase in exports of goods was due to growth in exports of canned tuna.

Government spending also increased, primarily reflecting growth in spending by the territorial government. Federal grant revenues supported major territorial government projects in 2014, including the telecommunication authority’s work to improve broadband capacity and coverage in American Samoa.

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November 2015 Trade Gap is $42.4 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in November 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $44.6 billion in October (revised) to $42.4 billion in November, as exports decreased less than imports. The previously published October deficit was $43.9 billion. The goods deficit decreased $2.3 billion from October to $61.3 billion in November. The services surplus decreased $0.1 billion from October to $18.9 billion in November.

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Exports
Exports of goods and services decreased $1.6 billion, or 0.9 percent, in November to $182.2 billion. Exports of goods decreased $1.4 billion and exports of services decreased $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in exports of goods mainly reflected decreases in other goods ($0.7 billion), in industrial supplies and materials ($0.7 billion), and in consumer goods ($0.6 billion).
  • The decrease in exports of services mainly reflected decreases in transport ($0.1 billion), which includes freight and port services and passenger fares, and in government goods and services ($0.1 billion).

Imports
Imports of goods and services decreased $3.8 billion, or 1.7 percent, in November to $224.6 billion. Imports of goods decreased $3.7 billion and imports of services decreased $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in imports of goods mainly reflected decreases in consumer goods ($3.0 billion) and in capital goods ($0.6 billion).
  • The decrease in imports of services mainly reflected a decrease in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.1 billion).

Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The deficit with Mexico decreased from $6.3 billion in October to $5.4 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.9 billion to $18.8 billion and imports decreased $1.8 billion to $24.2 billion.
  • The surplus with members of OPEC increased from $0.4 billion in October to $1.1 billion in November. Exports increased $1.3 billion to $6.5 billion and imports increased $0.6 billion to $5.4 billion.
  • The deficit with Canada increased from $0.4 billion in October to $0.9 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.1 billion to $22.7 billion and imports increased $0.4 billion to $23.5 billion.

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