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Survey of Current Business

Table of Contents
April 2000

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S pecial in this issue

11 Improved Estimates of the National Income and Product Accounts for 1929-99: Results of the Comprehensive Revision (PDF)

On March 30, 2000, as part of the comprehensive revision of the NIPA's, BEA released revised NIPA estimates for 1929-58 that incorporated the definitional and statistical changes that had been incorporated earlier into the estimates beginning with 1959. In addition, BEA released revised estimates beginning with 1959 that incorporated corrections and a previously announced methodological improvement. The revisions were not sizable enough to affect the average annual growth rate in real GDP for 1929-58 or for 1959-98, but the growth rates for individual years were revised by as much as 0.5 percentage point.

17 Fixed Assets and Consumer Durable Goods: Estimates for 1925-98 and New NIPA Table--Changes in Net Stock of Produced Assets (PDF)

As part of the comprehensive revision of the NIPA's, BEA has released new estimates of fixed assets and consumer durable goods (formerly "fixed reproducible tangible wealth") for 1998 and revised estimates for 1925-97. These estimates incorporate a number of definitional and statistical improvements, including the recognition of business and government expenditures for software as fixed investment and a new pattern of depreciation for personal computers. For 1925-98, the net stock at current cost grew at an average annual rate of 6.3 percent, and the net stock at real cost grew at a rate of 2.9 percent. In addition, as part of a long-term effort to integrate the estimates of stocks and flows, BEA has introduced a new NIPA table that shows the changes in the net stock of produced assets.

R egular features

1 Business Situation (PDF)

Real GDP increased 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 1999, according to the "final" estimate; the "preliminary" estimate released last month had shown a 6.9-percent increase. Corporate profits increased $35.3 billion (4.0 percent at a quarterly rate) in the fourth quarter. The Federal Government current surplus decreased $21.6 billion, to $112.2 billion, and the State and local government current surplus increased $19.9 billion, to $68.8 billion.

146 U.S. International Transactions, Fourth Quarter and Year 1999 (PDF)

In the fourth quarter of 1999, the U.S. current-account deficit increased $10.7 billion, to $99.8 billion; the deficit on goods and services, the deficit on income, and net unilateral current transfers all contributed to the increase. In the financial account, net recorded inflows decreased $3.4 billion, to $90.9 billion; financial inflows decreased more than financial outflows.

In the year 1999, the U.S. current-account deficit increased $118.3 billion, to $338.9 billion; the increase was mostly accounted for by a sharp rise in the deficit on goods and services. In the financial account, net recorded inflows increased $168.4 billion, to $378.2 billion; financial inflows accelerated much more than financial outflows.

R eports and statistical presentations

          9 Real Inventories, Sales, and Inventory-Sales Ratios for Manufacturing and Trade (PDF)

        32 National Income and Product Accounts (PDF)

             36 National Income and Product Accounts Tables (PDF)

             126 GDP and Other Major NIPA Series, 1929-99 (PDF)


       D--1 BEA Current and Historical Data

              National Data:

                    D--3 Domestic Perspectives (PDF)

                    D--5 Charts (PDF)

              International Data:

                    D--7 Transactions Tables (PDF)

                    D--13 Investment Tables (PDF)

                    D--18 International Perspectives (PDF)

                    D--20 Charts (PDF)

              Regional Data:

                    D--21 State and Regional Tables (PDF)

                    D--25 Local Area Table (PDF)

                    D--27 Charts (PDF)

              Appendixes: (PDF)

                    D--29 Appendix A: Additional Information About BEA's NIPA Estimates

                    D--31 Appendix B: Suggested Reading

            Inside back cover: Getting BEA's Estimates (PDF)

            Back cover: Schedule of Upcoming BEA News Releases (PDF)

Looking Ahead

    Gross Product by Industry. Revised estimates of gross product by industry for 1947-97 and new estimates for 1998 will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Survey. The revised estimates will incorporate the results of the recent comprehensive NIPA revision and several additional methodological and statistical improvements.

    Updated Satellite Accounts. Updates of two BEA satellite accounts are scheduled to be published in forthcoming issues of the Survey: U.S. Transportation Satellite Accounts for 1996 and U.S. Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts for 1992-97.