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Final Q3 GDP Revised To 3.2%, Highest Since Q1 2015

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In the third and final estimate of Q3 GDP, the US economy eased back fractionally from last month's "hot" 3.3% print, and as a result of a modest decline in Personal Consumption from 1.60% to 1.49% (in the GDP calculation) as well as net trade, the final GDP print came in at 3.2%, down slightly from last month's and consensus estimate 3.3%, which however was still the highest GDP print since Q1 2015, when the economy grew at a 3.23% pace.

The increase in real GDP reflected increases in consumer spending, inventory investment, business investment, and exports. Imports, which are a subtraction from GDP, decreased. The increase in consumer spending reflected increases in spending on both goods and services. The increase in goods was primarily attributable to motor vehicles. The increase in services primarily reflected increases in health care, financial services and insurance, and food services and accommodations.

Putting numbers to the data, final Q3 Consumer Expenditures were revised modestly lower, from contributing 1.60% to the bottom line GDP, to 1.49%. This however was offset by an upward revision to Fixed Investment (from 0.39% to 0.40%) while Private Inventories was marginally lower (0.80% to 0.79%); net trade was also reduced fractionally (from 0.44% to 0.36%) and finally, government consumption, rose once again from 0.07% to 0.12%.

Some other numbers:

  • Core PCE 1.3%, below the 1.4% estimate and below the 1.4% per the last revision.
  • PCE Prices rose 1.5% in Q3, below the 1.6% estimate, and unchanged from the second revision.
  • GDP Sales also declined from 2.5% in the previous estimate to 2.4%, missing the est. 2.5%.
  • GDP deflator came in at 2.1%, same as the last quarter estimate, if slightly below the 2.2% estimate.
  • Consumer spending final printed 2.2%, below the 2.3% last

Also notable in today's release was the Corporate Profits number, which surged at a 4.3% annual rate in Q3, after increasing 0.7 percent in the second quarter. 

  • Profits of domestic nonfinancial corporations increased 0.8 percent after increasing 4.9 percent.
  • Profits of domestic financial corporations increased 10.8 percent after decreasing 7.1 percent.
  • Profits from the rest of the world increased 7.7 percent after decreasing 2.5 percent.

And Year-over-year, corporate profits increased 5.3 percent.


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