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Survey of Current Business

Table of Contents
 November 1996

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Regular features

1 Business Situation (PDF)

Economic growth slowed in the third quarter of 1996: Real GDP increased 2.2 percent after increasing 4.7 percent in the second quarter. Inflation remained moderate: The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 1.8 percent after increasing 2.1 percent.

35 Motor Vehicles, Model Year 1996 (PDF)

In model year 1996, motor vehicle sales increased to 15.5 million units, the highest level in 8 years. Sales of new trucks advanced to another record high, but sales of new cars declined for the second year in a row.

58 Reconciliation of the U.S.-Canadian Current Account, 1994 and 1995 (PDF)

The reconciliation of the U.S.-Canadian current account—which reflects how the current-account estimates would appear if both countries used common definitions, methodologies, and data sources—shows a U.S. current-account deficit with Canada for both 1994 and 1995 that is somewhat larger than the deficit shown in the U.S.-published estimates. The annual reconciliation is undertaken because of extensive economic links between the two countries and the need to explain differences in the published Canadian and U.S. estimates of the bilateral current account. The reconciliation process results in greater accuracy of the published estimates and in increased efficiency in producing these estimates.

70 U.S. International Sales and Purchases of Private Services: U.S. Cross-Border Transactions in 1995 and Sales by Affiliates in 1994 (PDF)

U.S. international sales and purchases of private services consist of cross-border trade between U.S. and foreign residents and of services delivered to international markets through affiliates of multinational companies. In 1995, U.S. cross-border sales of services to foreigners increased slightly faster than U.S. cross-border purchases of services from foreigners; the fastest growing category for both exports and imports of these services was royalties and license fees. In 1994, the latest year for which data are available on services delivered through affiliates, U.S. purchases of services from majority-owned U.S. affiliates of foreign companies increased faster than sales abroad by majority-owned foreign affiliates of U.S. companies.

Reports and statistical presentations

7 National Income and Product Accounts (PDF)

7 Selected NIPA Tables

31  NIPA Charts

33 Selected Monthly Estimates (PDF)

43 State Personal Income, 1990:I–1996:II (PDF)

114 1997 Release Dates for BEA Estimates (PDF)

Inside back cover: BEA Information (PDF)

(A listing of recent BEA publications available from the Government Printing Office)

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



U.S. Direct Investment Abroad. Preliminary results of BEA’s 1994 benchmark survey of U.S. direct investment abroad will be presented in the December SURVEY. These results will update the annual data series on operations of U.S. multinational companies and will provide estimates on several items that are collected only in benchmark surveys.

SURVEY Statistical Section. An upcoming issue of the SURVEY will introduce an expanded section of charts and tables that better highlights BEA’s national, regional, and international estimates.