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Friday, February 28, 2014

BEA: Q4 GDP Revised down to 2.4%

by Calculated Risk on 2/28/2014 08:38:00 AM

From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product, Fourth Quarter and Annual 2013 (second estimate)

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. ...

The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 3.2 percent. ...

The second estimate of the fourth-quarter percent change in real GDP is 0.8 percentage point, or $32.7 billion, less than the advance estimate issued last month, primarily reflecting downward revisions to personal consumption expenditures (PCE), to private inventory investment, to exports, and to state and local government spending that were partly offset by an upward revision to nonresidential fixed investment.
Here is a Comparison of Second and Advance Estimates. PCE growth was revised down from 3.3% to 2.6%. Government spending was a larger drag than originally estimated (-5.6% vs -4.9%).