US GDP Growth Beats Forecasts in Q1


The US economy expanded an annualized 2.3 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2018, below 2.9 percent in the previous period but beating market expectations of 2 percent. Still, it is the lowest growth rate in a year, the advance estimate showed. Personal consumption eased amid lower spending on cars, clothing and footwear and residential investment stalled.

Personal consumption expenditure (PCE) contributed 0.73 percentage points to growth (2.75 percentage points in the previous period) and rose 1.1 percent (4 percent in the previous period). Services (2.1 percent compared to 2.3 percent in the previous period) and nondurables (0.1 percent compared to 4.8 percent) slowed and spending on durable goods shrank 3.3 percent, following a 13.7 percent rise in the previous quarter. 

Fixed investment added 0.76 percentage points to growth (1.31 percentage points in the previous period) and increased 4.6 percent (8.2 percent in the previous period). Investment slowed for equipment (4.7 percent compared to 11.6 percent) and stalled for residential (12.8 percent in the previous period). On the other hand, it rose faster for structures (12.3 percent compared to 6.3 percent) and intellectual property products (3.6 percent compared to 0.8 percent). 

Private inventories added 0.43 percentage points to growth after subtracting 0.53 percent in the previous period. 

Meanwhile, both exports (4.8 percent compared to 7 percent) and imports (2.6 percent compared to 14.1 percent) eased. As a result, the impact from trade was 0.2 percent, better than -1.16 percent in the previous period.

Government spending and investment added 0.2 percentage points to growth (0.51 percentage points in the previous period). It increased 1.2 percent, compared to 3 percent.


US GDP Growth Beats Forecasts in Q1


BEA | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/27/2018 1:16:28 PM