Gross Domestic Product (GDP) "Advance" Released Today for Q1, 2008
The above percentages represent the quarter-to-quarter change in the Gross Domestic Product for the United States. The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.
The GDP is a very broad measure of economic activity for the entire United States, covering all sectors of the economy.
The "advance" estimates are based on data that are incomplete or subject to future revision. Next month, the Commerce Department will release a "preliminary" report for the above-referenced quarter, which will contain more accurate data. A "final" GDP report will be released later this year, which will contain the most accurate and authoritative data on the above-referenced quarter.
Click here to view the full Commerce Department report (PDF).
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