Friday, April 27, 2012

GDP Breakdown

Bloomberg details:

The U.S. economy expanded less than forecast in the first quarter as a smaller contribution from inventories overshadowed the biggest gain in consumer spending in more than a year.
Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S., rose at a 2.2 percent annual rate after a 3 percent pace, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 2.5 percent rise. Household purchases increased 2.9 percent, exceeding the most optimistic projection. Homebuilding grew the fastest in almost two years
So there you have it... a VERY strong (perhaps unsustainable?) contribution from consumption, reduced impact from inventories, the beginning of contribution from residential investment for years to come (after years of decline), mixed trade, and what is likely to be negative impact from the government sector for years.

Source: BEA