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Saturday, May 30, 2015

1Q2015 Gross Domestic Product: Second (Preliminary) Estimate

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) revised 1Q2015 growth in real U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) down a full percentage point, to a seasonally adjusted and annualized rate of -0.75% -- well below the already anemic “advance” estimate of +0.25% issued last month. Analysts had expected a revision to -0.8% (ranging from -1.0 to -0.2%). Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) and private domestic investment (PDI) contributed to 1Q growth, while net exports (NetX) and government consumption expenditures (GCE) subtracted from it. 
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Details on 1Q revisions:
Positives –
  • Consumer spending on goods improved a “smidgen” to +0.10% annualized growth;
  • Fixed commercial investment also improved -- although only to a "less bad" contraction rate of -0.21% (from -0.40% in the advance report).

Negatives –
  • Imports subtracted an additional -0.58% from the headline number;
  • Exports declined -0.07%;
  • Inventory growth was weaker by -0.41%;
  • Consumer spending on services dropped -0.13%; and
  • Government spending was -0.05% lower.

The foregoing comments represent the general economic views and analysis of Delphi Advisors, and are provided solely for the purpose of information, instruction and discourse. They do not constitute a solicitation or recommendation regarding any investment.

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