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BEA: Real GDP decreased at 1.4% Annualized Rate in Q1

by Calculated Risk on 4/28/2022 08:35:00 AM

From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product, First Quarter 2022 (Advance Estimate)

Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 6.9 percent….

The decrease in real GDP reflected decreases in private inventory investment, exports, federal government spending, and state and local government spending, while imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE), nonresidential fixed investment, and residential fixed investment increased.
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PCE increased at a 2.7% rate, and residential investment increased at a 2.1% rate. Change in private inventories and trade were a huge drag in Q1. The advance Q1 GDP report, with 1.4% annualized decline, was below expectations.

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