Friday, June 25, 2010

Q1 GDP revised down to 2.7%

by Bill McBride on 6/25/2010 08:32:00 AM

The Q1 real GDP rate was revised down again (third estimate) to 2.7% from the 2nd estimate of 3.0%.

Consumer spending was weaker in Q1 than originally estimated. PCE growth (personal consumption expenditures) was revised down to 3.0% in Q1 from the previous estimate of 3.5%.

Some more from Reuters: Economy Grew Slower in First Quarter than Expected, Up 2.7%

... business spending, which only rose at a 2.2 percent rate instead of 3.1 percent as reported last month. This was as a spending on structures was revised down to show a slightly bigger decline than reported last month. Growth in software and equipment investment was also lowered to a 11.4 percent rate from 12.7 percent.
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Another drag on growth came from exports whose growth was eclipsed by a rise in imports, resulting in a trade deficit that subtracted from GDP.

... real final sales to domestic purchasers, considered a better measure of domestic demand, rose at a 1.6 percent rate instead of the 2.0 percent pace reported last month.
The "Change in private inventories" was revised up to a contribution of 1.88 percentage points from the previous estimate of 1.65. So inventory adjustment accounted for over two-thirds of the GDP growth in Q1 - and the inventory adjustment appears over. This is a weak third estimate.

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