Corporate profits in the United States decreased 3.3 percent to USD 1.95 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2020, down from a 27 percent jump in the previous period. Undistributed profits fell 14.5 percent to USD 0.58 trillion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment, went down 2.9 percent to USD 2.54 trillion. Meanwhile, net dividends rose 2.3 percent to USD 1.37 trillion. source: U.S. Bureau of Economics Analysis

Corporate Profits in the United States averaged 528.12 USD Billion from 1950 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2325.70 USD Billion in the third quarter of 2020 and a record low of 14.67 USD Billion in the first quarter of 1951. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Corporate Profits - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Corporate Profits - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2021.

Corporate Profits in the United States is expected to be 2050.00 USD Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Corporate Profits in the United States to stand at 1870.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Corporate Profits is projected to trend around 1870.00 USD Billion in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Corporate Profits

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1951.40 2018.50 2018.50 14.67 1950 - 2020 USD Billion Quarterly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-09-30 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Final Q2 -10.7% -11%
2020-11-25 01:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Prel Q3 27.5% -10.7% 8.5%
2020-12-22 01:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Final Q3 27% -10.7% 27.5%
2021-03-25 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Q4 -3.3% 27% 2%


News Stream
US Corporate Profits Fall in Q4
Corporate profits in the United States decreased 3.3 percent to USD 1.95 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2020, down from a 27 percent jump in the previous period. Undistributed profits fell 14.5 percent to USD 0.58 trillion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment, went down 2.9 percent to USD 2.54 trillion. Meanwhile, net dividends rose 2.3 percent to USD 1.37 trillion.
2021-03-25
US Q3 Corporate Profits Revised Slightly Lower
Corporate profits in the United States rose 27 percent to USD 2.02 trillion in the third quarter of 2020, slightly less than a 27.5 percent jump previously estimated and compared with a 10.7 percent slump in the previous period. It was the sharpest increase in corporate profits since the first quarter of 2009, as the economy continued to recover from the coronavirus pandemic shock. Undistributed profits surged 199.5 percent to USD 0.67 trillion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment, advanced 24.7 percent to USD 2.62 trillion. Meanwhile, net dividends fell 1.4 percent to USD 1.35 trillion.
2020-12-22
US Corporate Profits Rise the Most since 2009
Corporate profits in the United States rose 27.5 percent to USD 1,569.2 billion in the third quarter of 2020, rebounding from a 11.7 percent plunge in the previous period, a preliminary estimate showed. It was the sharpest increase in corporate profits since the first quarter of 2009, as the economy continued to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Undistributed profits jumped by 201.9 percent to USD 678.8 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment increased by 24.9 percent to USD 2,625.7 billion. Meanwhile, net dividends fell by 1.2 percent to USD 1,348.3 billion.
2020-11-25
US Corporate Profits Drop to Over 4-Year Low
Corporate profits in the United States tumbled by 10.7 percent to an over four-year low of USD 1.59 trillion in the second quarter of 2020, compared to an initial estimate of an 11.8 percent decline. It was the sharpest decline in corporate profits since the last quarter of 2008, amid the coronavirus crisis. Undistributed profits slumped by 43.8 percent to USD 0.23 trillion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment, dropped by 9.5 percent to USD 2.10 trillion. Also, net dividends were 1.1 percent lower at USD 1.36 trillion. The Federal Reserve sees the US economy shrinking by 3.7 percent in 2020, lower than an initial estimate of a 6.5 percent drop. Still, the outlook for 2021 remains uncertain as the coronavirus pandemic is far from controlled and a vaccine is not ready yet.
2020-09-30

United States Corporate Profits
Corporate profits represents the portion of the total income earned from current production that is accounted for by U.S. corporations. It is one of the most closely watched U.S. economic indicators, as it provides a summary measure of corporate financial health and thus serves as an essential indicator of economic performance.