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Technical Note
Gross Domestic Product
First Quarter of 2017 (Third Estimate)
June 29, 2017
This technical note provides background information about the source data and estimating methods
used to produce the estimates presented in the GDP news release. The complete set of estimates for
the first quarter is available on BEA's Web site at www.bea.gov; release highlights are also posted on the
Web site. In a few weeks, the Survey of Current Business, BEA’s online monthly journal, will publish a
more detailed analysis of the estimates ("GDP and the Economy").

Sources of Revision to Real GDP

Real GDP increased 1.4 percent (annual rate) in the first quarter of 2017, an upward revision of 0.2
percentage point from the second estimate. The revision primarily reflected upward revisions to
consumer spending on services and to exports of goods. Partly offsetting these upward revisions was a
downward revision to nonresidential fixed investment in structures.

*	The upward revision to consumer spending on services primarily reflected upward revisions to
        financial services and insurance and to healthcare that were partly offset by a downward
        revision to transportation services. These revisions are mainly attributable to newly available
        information from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Services Report.

*	The upward revision to exports of goods was primarily attributable to an upward revision to
        industrial supplies and materials based on the annual update of BEA’s International Transactions
        Accounts, which were incorporated on a best-change basis.

*	The downward revision to nonresidential fixed investment in structures reflected revised
        construction spending statistics, for both February and March, from the Census Bureau’s Value
        of Construction Put in Place.

Gross Domestic Income and Corporate Profits

Real gross domestic income (GDI) increased 1.0 percent in the first quarter, an upward revision of 0.1
percentage point. Profits from current production decreased $48.4 billion, or 2.3 percent (quarterly
rate), in the first quarter.  Domestic profits of financial corporations decreased $27.9 billion, domestic
profits of nonfinancial corporations decreased $11.1 billion, and rest-of-the-world profits decreased
$9.4 billion.

Annual Update Scheduled for July 28

The annual update of the NIPAs will be released along with the “advance” estimate of GDP for the
second quarter of 2017 on July 28. GDP will be revised for the most recent 3 years (2014 through 2016)
and for the first quarter of 2017. For more information, see “Preview of the 2017 NIPA Annual Update”
included in the May Survey of Current Business article on “GDP and the Economy”. The August Survey
will contain an article that describes the results.


David B. Wasshausen
Chief, National Income and Wealth Division
Bureau of Economic Analysis
(301) 278-9715