GDP Increases in First Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 2.0 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The growth rate was 0.2 percentage point lower than the “second” estimate released last month. In the fourth quarter of 2017, real GDP increased 2.9 percent.

First quarter GDP highlightsQ2Q GDP
The increase in real GDP reflected increases in business investment, consumer spending,
exports, and government spending. Imports,
which are a subtraction in the calculation of
GDP, increased in the first quarter of 2018.

The downward revision to the third estimate
of GDP growth reflected downward revisionsQ2Q Percent Change
to inventory investment and consumer
spending. These were partly offset by an upward revision to business investment.

Prices of goods and services purchased by U.S.
residents increased 2.7 percent in the first
quarter after increasing 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter. Excluding energy and food, prices rose 2.6 percent after increasing 2.0 percent.

Corporate ProfitsQ2Q Growth
Corporate profits increased 1.8 percent at a quarterly
rate in the first quarter of 2018 after decreasing 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Profits of domestic nonfinancial corporations increased 2.2 percent after increasing 1.5 percent. Profits of domestic financial corporations increased 1.5 percent after decreasing 3.0 percent. Profits from the rest
of the world increased 0.8 percent after decreasing 1.3 percent.

Over the last 4 quarters, corporate profits increased 6.8 percent.

For more information, read the full report.


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


%d bloggers like this: