Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was revised down 0.9 percentage point from the “advance” estimate released in April. In the fourth quarter of 2014, real GDP increased 2.2 percent.
- Goods exports, notably of capital goods and of autos and parts.
- Business investment, notably in mining exploration, shafts, and wells.
- State and local government spending.
Offsetting these contributions to the decrease in first-quarter GDP:
- Consumer spending on services increased, notably on health care and on housing and utilities.
- Nonfarm inventory investment also rose, notably in wholesale trade durable goods-related industries.
The percent change in first-quarter real GDP was revised down, mainly reflecting an upward revision to imports and downward revisions to inventory investment and to consumer spending. Offsetting these revisions, residential investment was revised up. For more information, see the technical note.
- Profits of domestic nonfinancial corporations decreased 7.7 percent after increasing 1.4 percent.
- Profits of domestic financial corporations decreased 0.6 percent after decreasing 2.7 percent.
- Profits from the rest of the world decreased 6.0 percent after decreasing 8.8 percent.
Over the last 4 quarters, corporate profits increased 3.7 percent.
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