Friday, January 27, 2012

[IWS] BEA: Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter and Annual 2011 (advance estimate) [27 January 2012]

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Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter and Annual 2011 (advance estimate) [27 January 2012]


[full-text, 14 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 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011

(that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the

Bureau of Economic Analysis.  In the third quarter, real GDP increased 1.8 percent.


      The Bureau emphasized that the fourth-quarter advance estimate released today is based on

source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency (see the box on page

4).  The "second" estimate for the fourth quarter, based on more complete data, will be released on

February 29, 2012.


      The increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter reflected positive contributions from private

inventory investment, personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, residential fixed investment,

and nonresidential fixed investment that were partly offset by negative contributions from federal

government spending and state and local government spending.  Imports, which are a subtraction in the

calculation of GDP, increased.


      The acceleration in real GDP in the fourth quarter primarily reflected an upturn in private

inventory investment and accelerations in PCE and in residential fixed investment that were partly offset

by a deceleration in nonresidential fixed investment, a downturn in federal government spending, an

acceleration in imports, and a larger decrease in state and local government spending.


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