Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.4 percent.
he increase in real GDP in the third quarter reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, private inventory investment, federal government spending, and nonresidential fixed investment that were partly offset by negative contributions from residential fixed investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.
The acceleration in real GDP growth in the third quarter reflected an upturn in private inventory investment, an acceleration in exports, a smaller decrease in state and local government spending, and an upturn in federal government spending. These were partly offset by a smaller increase in PCE, and a larger increase in imports.
The advance Q1 GDP report, with 2.9% annualized growth, was above expectations of a 2.5% increase.
Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased at a 2.1% annualized rate in Q3, down from 4.3% in Q2. Residential investment (RI) decreased at a 6.2% pace. Equipment investment decreased at a 2.7% annualized rate, and investment in non-residential structures increased at a 5.4% pace.
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