News Release

EMBARGOED UNTIL RELEASE AT 8:30 A.M. EDT, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
BEA 18-24

Gross Domestic Product: First Quarter 2018 (Second Estimate)
Corporate Profits: First Quarter 2018 (Preliminary Estimate)

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018(table 1), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2017, real GDP increased 2.9 percent.

The GDP estimate released today 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 2.3 percent. With this second estimate for the first quarter, the general picture of economic growth remains the same; downward revisions to private inventory investment, residential fixed investment, and exports were partly offset by an upward revision to nonresidential fixed investment (see "Updates to GDP" on page 2).

Gross Domestic Product: First Quarter 2018 (Second Estimate)

Corporate Profits: First Quarter 2018 (Preliminary Estimate)
Real GDP: Percent change from preceding quarter

Real gross domestic income (GDI) increased 2.8 percent in the first quarter, compared with an increase of 1.0 percent (revised) in the fourth quarter. The average of real GDP and real GDI, a supplemental measure of U.S. economic activity that equally weights GDP and GDI, increased 2.5 percent in the first quarter, compared with an increase of 2.0 percent in the fourth quarter (table 1).

The increase in real GDP in the first quarter reflected positive contributions from nonresidential fixed investment, personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, private inventory investment, federal government spending, and state and local government spending that were partly offset by a negative contribution from residential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased (table 2).

The deceleration in real GDP growth in the first quarter reflected decelerations in PCE, exports, state and local government spending, and federal government spending and a downturn in residential fixed investment. These movements were partly offset by an upturn in private inventory investment and a larger increase in nonresidential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, decelerated.

Current-dollar GDP increased 4.2 percent, or $202.7 billion, in the first quarter to a level of $19.96 trillion. In the fourth quarter, current-dollar GDP increased 5.3 percent, or $253.5 billion (table 1 and table 3).

The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 2.7 percent in the first quarter, compared with an increase of 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter (table 4). The PCE price index increased 2.6 percent, compared with an increase of 2.7 percent. Excluding food and energy prices, the PCE price index increased 2.3 percent, compared with an increase of 1.9 percent (appendix table A).

 

Updates to GDP

The percent change in real GDP was revised down 0.1 percentage point from the advance estimate, primarily reflecting downward revisions to private inventory investment, residential fixed investment, and exports that were partly offset by an upward revision to nonresidential fixed investment.  For more information, see the Technical Note. A detailed "Key Source Data and Assumptions" file is also posted for each release. For information on updates to GDP, see the "Additional Information" section that follows.

  Advance Estimate Second Estimate
  (Percent change from preceding quarter)
Real GDP 2.3 2.2
Current-dollar GDP 4.3 4.2
Real GDI ... 2.8
Average of Real GDP and Real GDI ... 2.5
Gross domestic purchases price index 2.8 2.7
PCE price index 2.7 2.6

For the fourth quarter of 2017, the percent change in real GDI was revised from 0.9  percent to 1.0 percent based on newly available fourth-quarter wages and salaries data from the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.

Corporate Profits (table 12)

Profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation adjustment and capital consumption adjustment) decreased $12.4 billion in the first quarter, compared with a decrease of $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter.

Profits of domestic financial corporations increased $2.2 billion in the first quarter, in contrast to a decrease of $14.6 billion in the fourth quarter. Profits of domestic nonfinancial corporations decreased $19.0 billion, in contrast to an increase of $19.4 billion. Rest-of-the-world profits increased $4.4 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $5.9 billion. In the first quarter, receipts increased $20.0 billion, and payments increased $15.7 billion.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes several provisions that impact the business income statistics in the national income and product accounts (NIPAs). The provisions do not directly impact corporate profits from current production or GDI but do impact taxes on corporate income and net dividends in the first quarter of 2018. For more information, see the Technical Note.

Upcoming Comprehensive Update of the National Income and Product Accounts

BEA will release the results of the 15th comprehensive (or benchmark) update of the national income and product accounts (NIPAs) in conjunction with the second quarter 2018 "advance" estimate on July 27, 2018. For more information, see the Technical Note. Details on the planned statistical, definitional, and presentational changes are available in the April Survey of Current Business article "Preview of the 2018 Comprehensive Update of the National Income and Product Accounts." An article in the September Survey will describe the estimates in detail. Revised NIPA table stubs and news release stubs will be available in June.

Next release:  June 28, 2018 at 8:30 A.M. EDT
Gross Domestic Product:  First Quarter 2018 (Third Estimate)
Corporate Profits:  First Quarter 2018 (Revised Estimate)