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Survey of Current Business

Table of Contents
December 1999

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Special in this issue

15 Improved Estimates of the National Income and Product Accounts for 1959--98: Results of the Comprehensive Revision (PDF)

On October 28, 1999, BEA released revised NIPA estimates beginning with 1959 that reflected the incorporation of major definitional and statistical improvements that are designed to better measure the evolving U.S. economy. This article describes the revisions to GDP and to other major NIPA aggregates and components, and it identifies the principal sources of these revisions. For example, according to the revised estimates, real GDP grew faster than previously estimated; the faster growth rate was primarily attributable to a definitional change that recognized software as investment and to statistical changes to the price estimates.

Regular features

1 Business Situation (PDF)

Real GDP increased 5.5 percent in the third quarter of 1999, according to the ``preliminary'' estimate; the ``advance'' estimate issued last month had shown a 4.8-percent increase. The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 1.7 percent, 0.1 percentage point more than the previously published increase. Corporate profits increased $8.2 billion (or 0.9 percent at a quarterly rate) in the third quarter. The Federal Government current surplus increased $16.6 billion, to $134.7 billion, in the third quarter, and the State and local government surplus increased $10.7 billion, to $48.3 billion.

Reports and statistical presentations

44 National Income and Product Accounts

44 National Income and Product Accounts Tables (PDF)

132 GDP and Other Major NIPA Series, 1959--99 (PDF)

148 Subject Guide: Volume 79 (1999) (PDF)

150 2000 Release Dates for BEA Estimates (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)