Posts Tagged 'GDP'



GDP Up Slightly in First Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2014, real GDP increased 2.2 per- cent. In the first quarter, the dollar strengthened against major currencies, imports and exports were delayed be- cause of labor disputes in key ports, energy prices declined, and several regions experienced severe weather.

April 29 GDP Q2Q

First-quarter GDP highlights
The following contributed to the increase in real GDP:

  • Consumer spending increased, mainly on household services.
  • Inventory investment increased, notably in the nondurable-goods manufacturing industry.

These positive contributions to real GDP growth were largely offset by the following:

  • The trade deficit widened in the first quarter, reflecting a decline in goods exports.
  • Business investment declined, notably in mining exploration, shafts, and wells.
  • State and local government spending declined.

Personal income and personal saving
Real disposable personal income (DPI)—personal income adjusted for inflation and taxes—increased 6.2 percent in the first quarter, compared with 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Personal saving as a percentage of current-dollar DPI was 5.5 percent, compared with 4.6 percent.

Q2Q Percent change April 29

First-quarter prices
Prices of goods and services bought by U.S. resi- dents decreased 1.5 percent in the first quarter, after decreasing 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. The first-quarter decline was the largest since the first quarter of 2009.

Energy prices declined more than in the fourth quarter. Food prices also fell.

Excluding food and energy, prices increased 0.3 percent in the first quarter after increasing 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter.

For more information, read the full report.

GDP Increases in Fourth Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was the same in the “second” estimate released in February. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 5.0 percent.

Fourth-quarter GDP highlightsQ2Q March27
Consumer spending more than accounted for the increase in GDP, rising 4.4 percent, compared with 3.2 percent in the third quarter. Consumer spending on both goods and services increased in the fourth quarter.

Other contributors to growth:

  • Business investment increased, notably in intellectual property products.
  • Exports of goods and services increased; foods, feeds, and beverages was the largest contributor.

Offsetting the contributions to growth:

  • Imports of goods and services increased, notably of consumer goods (except food and autos) as well as petroleum and   products.
  • Federal government spending on national defense declined.

Fourth-quarter revisions
While the third estimate of real GDP growth was the same as the second estimate, several components were revised. Exports of services were revised up, mainly in travel. Consumer spending was also revised up, notably in health care. Inventory investment was revised down.

For more information, see the technical note.

Fourth-quarter corporate profitsQ2Q Corporate Profits March27
Profits fell 1.4 percent at a quarterly rate, after rising 3.1 percent in the third quarter.

Profits of nonfinancial corporations rose 1.4 percent, profits of financial corporations fell 2.7 percent, and profits from the rest of the world fell 8.8 percent.

Annual corporate profits
During 2014, corporate profits fell 0.8 percent, after rising 4.2 percent during 2013.

Profits of nonfinancial corporations rose 2.8 percent, profits of financial corporations fell 8.4 percent, and profits from the rest of the world fell 2.2 percent.

For more, see the full report.

Travel and Tourism Spending Accelerated in the Fourth Quarter of 2014

Real spending on travel and tourism accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing at an annual rate of 4.5 percent after increasing 3.4 percent (revised) in the third quarter.  By comparison, real gross domestic product (GDP) decelerated, increasing 2.2 percent (second estimate) in the fourth quarter after increasing 5.0 percent. For the year, real spending on travel and tourism increased 2.5 percent in 2014 after increasing 3.6 percent in 2013. By comparison, real GDP increased 2.4 percent in 2014 after increasing 2.2 percent in 2013.

The leading contributors to the acceleration in the fourth quarter were “passenger air transportation” and “recreation and entertainment.” “Passenger air transportation” turned up, increasing 1.7 percent in the fourth quarter after decreasing 4.5 percent in the third quarter. “Recreation and entertainment” also turned up, increasing 6.2 percent after decreasing 0.9 percent. Partially offsetting these upturns, “traveler accommodations” turned down, decreasing 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter after increasing 8.3 percent.

Real Tourism Spending March 18