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Survey of Current Business

Table of Contents
August 1999

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Special in this issue

7 A Preview of the 1999 Comprehensive Revision of the National Income and Product Accounts: Definitional and Classificational Changes (PDF)

The upcoming comprehensive revision of the NIPA's will feature a number of definitional and classificational changes that will significantly improve the NIPA measures of output, investment, and saving. In particular, business and government expenditures for software will be recognized as fixed investment, government employee retirement plans will be reclassified from the government sector to the personal sector, and certain transactions will be reclassified as capital transfers. The recognition of software as investment will raise GDP (for 1996, by roughly 1 percent); the other definitional and classificational changes will have little effect on GDP, but several of them will raise private saving and reduce government saving.

21 Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Preliminary Results From the 1997 Benchmark Survey (PDF)

In 1997, U.S. affiliates of foreign companies accounted for 6.3 percent of U.S. gross product originating in private nonbank industries and for 4.9 percent of U.S. employment. Trade by U.S. affiliates accounted for 20 percent of U.S. exports of goods and for 30 percent of U.S. imports of goods. Affiliates accounted for more than half of U.S. exports of goods to Japan and for more than half of U.S. imports from Japan, Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden. These findings are based on the preliminary results of BEA's 1997 Benchmark Survey of Foreign Investment in the United States. This survey marks the first use by BEA of a new industry classification system that is based on the North American Industry Classification System.

Regular features

1 Business Situation (PDF)

Real GDP increased 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 1999 after increasing 4.3 percent in the first quarter; the slowdown was mainly accounted for by a deceleration in consumer spending and a downturn in government spending. The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 2.1 percent after increasing 1.2 percent; the step-up reflected a sharp upturn in energy prices.

57 State Personal Income, First Quarter 1999 (PDF)

Personal income in the Nation increased 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 1999. The States with the fastest growth were Idaho, Maine, South Carolina, Wyoming, New York, Florida, and California. Personal income declined in North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa, and it was unchanged in Delaware.

Reports and statistical presentations

D--1 BEA Current and Historical Data

National Data:

D--2 Selected NIPA Tables (PDF)

D--27 Other NIPA and NIPA-Related Tables (PDF)

D--36 Historical Tables (PDF)

D--41 Domestic Perspectives (PDF)

D--43 Charts (PDF)

International Data:

D--51 Transactions Tables (PDF)

D--57 Investment Tables (PDF)

D--62 International Perspectives (PDF)

D--64 Charts (PDF)

Regional Data:

D--65 State and Regional Tables (PDF)

D--69 Local Area Table (PDF)

D--71 Charts (PDF)

Appendixes: (PDF)

D--73 Appendix A: Additional Information About BEA's NIPA Estimates

D--75 Appendix B: Suggested Reading

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

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