GDP Revised Higher

Second-quarter GDP growth was revised higher this morning from 3.38% to 3.96%. The WSJ runs through some of the numbers.

Trade gave the economy a bigger push than first estimated — because U.S. exports were revised up, rising by a rate of 7.6% instead of the originally reported 6.4%. Imports fell 3.2%; originally, the decrease was seen at 2.6%.
The revised data showed trade added 1.42 percentage points to GDP in the second quarter. Originally, trade was seen contributing just 1.18 percentage points to GDP.
Businesses elevated spending more than previously thought. Outlays rose by 11.1% in April through June; originally, spending was estimated rising 8.1%. Business spending climbed 2.1% in the first quarter. Second-quarter investment in structures by business surged by 27.7%. Equipment and software increased 4.3%.
Consumer spending advanced by 1.4%, up from a previously reported 1.3% increase but below the first quarter’s 3.7% climb. Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of economic activity. It contributed 1.03 percentage points to GDP in the second quarter; the original estimate was a contribution of 0.89 percentage point.
Durable-goods purchases increased 1.7% in April through June, above the previously reported 1.6% increase but below an 8.8% climb in the first quarter. Durable goods are expensive items designed to last at least three years, such as refrigerators.
Second-quarter nondurables spending fell by 0.3%. Services spending went 2.3% higher.
Residential fixed investment, which includes spending on housing, tumbled by 11.6% in the second quarter, a drop bigger than the previously reported 9.3% plunge. Housing fell 16.3% in the first quarter.

Posted by on August 30th, 2007 at 9:18 am

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