Daily News: March 3, 2014

Commerce Department: GDP Growth Rate Lower Than Estimated

The Commerce Department reported that fourth quarter GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.4% from the third quarter, when GDP increased 4.1%.

The GDP estimate released is based on more complete source data than were available for the “advance” estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 3.2%. With this second estimate for the fourth quarter, an increase in personal consumption
expenditures (PCE) was smaller than previously estimated.

The increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from PCE, exports, nonresidential fixed investment, and private inventory investment that were partly offset
by negative contributions from federal government spending, residential fixed investment, and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

The decelration in real GDP growth in the fourth quarter reflected a deceleration in private inventory investment, a larger decrease in federal government spending, and downturns in residential
fixed investment and in state and local government spending that were partly offset by accelerations in exports, in PCE, and in nonresidential fixed investment and a deceleration in imports.

To read the entire Commerce Department news release, click here.