Sunday, July 24, 2011

Q2 GDP Forecasts and Revisions

by Bill McBride on 7/24/2011 01:40:00 PM

Probably the key economic release this coming week is the advance estimate of Q2 GDP on Friday. The consensus is that real GDP increased 1.8% annualized in Q2. Note: Bloomberg is showing the consensus as 1.9%. Goldman Sachs is forecasting "real GDP growth decelerated further in Q2, to an annualized growth rate of just 1.5%".

In addition to the advance release of GDP, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release revisions for the previous three years:

On July 29, 2011, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release the results of the annual revision of the national income and product accounts (NIPAs) together with the advance estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2011. In addition to the regular revision of estimates for the most recent 3 years and for the first quarter of 2011, this “flexible” annual revision will result in revisions to GDP and some components back to the first quarter of 2003.
My guess is the revisions will show the recovery has been weaker than the original estimates indicated.

GDP Growth Rate Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows the quarterly GDP growth (at an annual rate) for the last 30 years.

The consensus is that real GDP increased 1.8% annualized in Q2. The estimate for Q2 is in blue.

Back-to-back weak quarters and a sluggish and choppy recovery ...

Yesterday:
Summary for Week Ending July 22nd
Schedule for Week of July 24th