6/25/14, "U.S. GDP Dropped 2.9% In The First Quarter 2014, Down Sharply From Second Estimate," Forbes, Samantha Sharf
"The latest data shows the U.S. economy contracted significantly more than previously estimated in the first quarter of this year.
On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis
released its third and final estimate of real gross domestic product
for the first three months of 2014. The release showed output in the
U.S. declining at an annual rate of 2.9%. This is relative to fourth
quarter 2013, when real GDP grew 2.6%.
The final number is also down from BEA’s negative 1% second estimate released last month, and even more sharply from its first estimate that showed GDP growing 0.1%. While this makes Q1 was the economy’s worst quarter in three years, economists were anticipating a further downward revision.
“The bad weather in much of the U.S. in early 2014 was a
significant drag on the economy, disrupting production, construction,
and shipments, and deterring home and auto sales,” wrote PNC Senior
Economist Gus Faucher in a note out prior to the release."...
[Ed. note: You mean global cooling?]
(continuing): "“But data show
growth rebounding in the second quarter, with improvements in home and
auto sales and residential construction.” The major stock indices slipped into the red as the opening
bell approached but quickly returned to positive territory. This seems
to indicate that investors were also writing off the contraction as
In an interview following the release Stephen Auth, Chief
Investment Officer at Federated Investors, called the revision “pretty
incredible” but says that underlying trends have shown improvement that
has simply been “masked” by the weather. He expects second quarter GDP
growth to come in north of 4% and continual market gains.
The revision, BEA explained in a release, was largely due to
a smaller than previously estimated increase in personal consumption
and larger that previously estimated decline in exports. The 2.9%
decrease in real GDP reflected the negative contribution from exports as
well as declines in private inventory investment both residential and
nonresidential fixed investment and lower local government spending. The
rate was also negatively impacted by an increase in imports but
partially offset by an increase in federal government spending (the
first in a year and a half) and in personal consumption.
The price index for gross domestic purchases — which
measures prices paid by U.S. residents — increased 1.3% in line with the
prior estimate and compared to 1.5% growth in the fourth quarter. Real
personal consumption expenditures increased by 1%, down sharply from the
3.1% second estimate and from the increase of 3.3% in the fourth
BEA--a division of the Department of Commerce--will release its advance estimate of Q2 GDP estimate on July 30."