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Economic Data (USA)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Final Estimate for Q3, 2016

U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) "final" (third estimate) report for the third quarter of 2016 was released this morning by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA):

Predicted: +3.3%
Actual: +3.5%

The highlighted percentage represents the quarter-to-quarter change in the Gross Domestic Product for the United States.  The "predicted" figure is what economists were expecting, while the "actual" is the actual or real figure.


Corporate Profits

Actual: +4.3%* (After Tax; Y/Y)

Profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation adjustment and capital consumption adjustment) increased $117.8 billion in the third quarter, in contrast to a decrease of $12.5 billion in the second quarter.


GDP, Third Quarter 2016, Final Estimate
GDP, Third Quarter 2016, Final Estimate


The GDP is a very broad measure of economic activity for the entire United States, covering all sectors of the economy. The Commerce Department defines real GDP as, "the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States."

* = Profits after tax (without inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments)

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