Corporate profits in the United States dropped 11.8 percent to USD 1,569.2 billion in the second half of 2020, following a downwardly revised 11 percent fall in the previous period, a preliminary estimate showed. It was the sharpest decline in corporate profits since the last quarter of 2008, amid the coronavirus crisis. Undistributed profits slumped by 50.5 percent to USD 198.0 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment dropped by 10.6 percent to USD 2,075.8 billion. Also, net dividends edged down by 0.6 percent to USD 1,371.2 billion.

Corporate Profits in the United States averaged 512.56 USD Billion from 1950 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 1998.94 USD Billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 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 September of 2020. source: U.S. Bureau of Economics Analysis

Corporate Profits in the United States is expected to be 1620.00 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 1900.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Corporate Profits is projected to trend around 1870.00 USD Billion in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Corporate Profits

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1569.20 1779.48 1998.94 14.67 1950 - 2020 USD Billion Quarterly
Current Prices, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-03-26 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Q4 2.1% 0.6%
2020-05-28 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Prel Q1 -14.2% 2.1% -46%
2020-06-25 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Final Q1 -12.4% 2.1% -14.2%
2020-08-27 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Prel Q2 -11.8% -11% -26%


News Stream
US Corporate Profits Drop the Most Since 2008
Corporate profits in the United States dropped 11.8 percent to USD 1,569.2 billion in the second half of 2020, following a downwardly revised 11 percent fall in the previous period, a preliminary estimate showed. It was the sharpest decline in corporate profits since the last quarter of 2008, amid the coronavirus crisis. Undistributed profits slumped by 50.5 percent to USD 198.0 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment dropped by 10.6 percent to USD 2,075.8 billion. Also, net dividends edged down by 0.6 percent to USD 1,371.2 billion.
2020-08-27
US Corporate Profits Fall Less than Initially Thought
Corporate profits in the United States slumped 12.4 percent to USD 1,672.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020, after rising 2.1 percent in the previous period and compared with a preliminary estimate of a 14.2 percent plunge, final figures showed. It was the sharpest decline in corporate profits since the last quarter of 2008, amid the coronavirus crisis. Undistributed profits dropped by 46.6 percent to USD 296.6 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment declined by 9.6 percent to USD 2,251.3 billion. Meanwhile, net dividends increased by 1.7 percent to USD 1,375.8 billion.
2020-06-25
US Corporate Profits Fall the Most since 2008
Corporate profits in the United States plunged 14.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020, after rising 2.1 percent in the previous period, a preliminary estimate showed. It was the sharpest decline in corporate profits since the last quarter of 2008, amid the coronavirus crisis. Undistributed profits slumped by 52.3 percent to USD 265.2 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment dropped by 10.8 percent to USD 2,220.4 billion. Meantime, net dividends rose by 1.4 percent to USD 1,371.6 billion.
2020-05-28
US Corporate Profits Growth Accelerates to 2.1% in Q4
Corporate profits in the United States increased 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 to USD 1,908.2 billion, accelerating from a 0.6 percent rise in the previous period. Undistributed profits jumped by USD 26.7, or 5.1 percent to USD 555.8 billion; net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment climbed by USD 45.2 billion, or 1.8 percent to USD 2,489.3 billion; and net dividends edged up by USD 12.8 billion, or 1 percent to USD 1,352.4 billion. For the whole 2019, corporate profits went up 0.1 percent, after surging 10 percent in 2018.
2020-03-26

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.