Thursday, May 27, 2010

[IWS] BEA: GDP & CORPORATE PROFITS 1st Qtr. [27 May 2010]

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


Gross Domestic Product: First Quarter 2010 (Second Estimate) [27 May 2010]

Corporate Profits: First Quarter 2010 (Preliminary Estimate)


[full-text, 15 pages]






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 3.0 percent in the first quarter of 2010, (that

is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau

of Economic Analysis.  In the fourth quarter, real GDP had increased 5.6 percent.


            The GDP estimates released today are 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 (see "Revisions" on page 3).


            The increase in real GDP in the first quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from

personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, exports, and nonresidential

fixed investment that were partly offset by negative contributions from state and local government

spending and residential fixed investment.  Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP,



            The deceleration in real GDP in the first quarter primarily reflected decelerations in private

inventory investment and in exports, a downturn in residential fixed investment, a larger decrease in

state and local government spending, and a deceleration in nonresidential fixed investment that were

partly offset by an acceleration in PCE and a deceleration in imports.


            Motor vehicle output added 0.49 percentage point to the first-quarter change in real GDP after

adding 0.45 percentage point to the fourth-quarter change.  Final sales of computers added 0.18

percentage point to the first-quarter change in real GDP after adding 0.01 percentage point to the fourth-

quarter change.


FOOTNOTE.--Quarterly estimates are expressed at seasonally adjusted annual

rates, unless otherwise specified.  Quarter-to-quarter dollar changes are

differences between these published estimates.  Percent changes are calculated

from unrounded data and are annualized.  “Real” estimates are in chained

(2005) dollars.  Price indexes are chain-type measures.


            This news release is available on BEA’s Web site along with the Technical Note and Highlights

related to this release.



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