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GDP Slows to Crawl in First Quarter, Up 0.1%
Wall Street Journal ^ | Eric Morath And Ben Leubsdorf

Posted on 04/30/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT by kabar

The U.S. economy slowed in the first quarter to one of the weakest paces of the five-year recovery as the frigid winter appeared to have curtailed business investment and weakness overseas hurt exports.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, advanced at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.1% in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had forecast growth at a 1.1% pace for the quarter.

The broad slowdown to start the year halted what had been improving economic momentum during much of 2013. In the second half of last year, the economy expanded at a 3.4% pace. The first-quarter reading fell far below even the lackluster average annual gain of near 2% since the recession ended.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: economy; gdp
Frigid winter aka climate change strikes again.
1 posted on 04/30/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar
Slowed? It hasn't moved beyond first gear since 2008.

2 posted on 04/30/2014 7:17:22 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: kabar
Yes, its the harsh winter's fault. And signs for an economic turnaround abound® !
3 posted on 04/30/2014 7:17:52 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: kabar
Given that they usually revise the GDP numbers down in a couple of months we probably shrank the economy some instead of a very weak gain.
4 posted on 04/30/2014 7:19:09 AM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: kabar

The results of the anti carbon energy campaign, endless rules and regulations to stifle productive capitalism, the squandering of $10 trillion dollars of borrowed and printed money,is all coming to its inevitable fruition. Behold the legacy of Barack Obama.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 7:19:15 AM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale

Easter was early!


6 posted on 04/30/2014 7:20:47 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: allendale

Everyone DRINK!


7 posted on 04/30/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: kabar
Green Shoots™


8 posted on 04/30/2014 7:23:26 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: kabar

Green shoots!

Pray America wakes up


9 posted on 04/30/2014 7:26:34 AM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 is here)
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To: kabar

and we know they always revise these numbers downward a few weeks later.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 7:26:43 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: kabar

If you have a recession in the middle of a “recovery” Is it still a “recovery”?


11 posted on 04/30/2014 7:28:02 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: dblshot
"Given that they usually revise the GDP numbers down in a couple of months we probably shrank the economy some instead of a very weak gain."

Spot-on Analysis

Post of the day!

12 posted on 04/30/2014 7:33:18 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: kabar
That plus all the issues trying to figure out Obamacare.
13 posted on 04/30/2014 7:39:21 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: kabar

Now, it’s the MSM’s job to sell this to us in a positive, hip-hip-hoorah fashion, touting Obama’s success in reversing the damage brought on by 8 years of GWB.


14 posted on 04/30/2014 7:40:52 AM PDT by moovova
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To: lormand

IF you subtract the annualized deficit spending we are negative 5% GDP.


15 posted on 04/30/2014 7:40:58 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: kabar
Why That GDP Report Actually Wasn't That Bad

The GDP report just came out and it was a big miss.

In Q1, the economy grew only 0.1%, rather than the 1.2% that was expected.

But really the report won't be a big deal.

First of all, we know that there were all kinds of issues due to weather.

Check the table below, and direct your eyes to the far right column, under 2014.

You can see that personal consumption boomed 3.0%, one of the best numbers in years. This is real end-demand without which the economy has no hope.

Where the economy was very weak was on private investment, which was known to be weak due to the bad weather.

Meanwhile, private inventories fell 5.7%. That's a huge drop, but inventories always go back and forth, build ups and drawdowns. So after two straight quarters of drawdowns, now it's bound to back up.

There was also a huge drop in exports, which doesn't seem likely to continue, given the stabilizing global economy.

So bottom line: The economy isn't doing great, but this report isn't that bad.

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-that-gdp-report-wasnt-that-bad-2014-4

16 posted on 04/30/2014 7:43:07 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Wyatt's Torch

“So bottom line: The economy isn’t doing great, but this report isn’t that bad.”

When most of the personal consumption is on health care and energy, is that good?


17 posted on 04/30/2014 7:57:29 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Personal consumption drives the economy so yes.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 8:06:20 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: kabar
From Bill McBride at Calculated Risk:

The advance Q1 GDP report, with 0.1% annualized growth, was below expectations of a 1.1% increase. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased at a 3.0% annualized rate - a solid pace.

However the the change in inventories subtracted 0.57 percentage points from growth in Q1, exports subtracted 0.83 percentage points, and both non-residential and residential investment were negative. The first graph shows the contribution to percent change in GDP for residential investment and state and local governments since 2005.

State and Local Government Residential Investment GDPClick on graph for larger image.

The drag from state and local governments (red) appeared to have ended last year after an unprecedented period of state and local austerity (not seen since the Depression). However State and local governments subtracted from GDP in Q1.

Overall I expect state and local governments to continue to make a small positive contributions to GDP in 2014.

The blue bars are for residential investment (RI). RI added to GDP growth for 12 consecutive quarters, before subtracting in Q4 2013 and Q1 2014. However since RI is still very low, I expect RI to make a positive contribution to GDP in 2014.

Residential InvestmentResidential Investment as a percent of GDP has bottomed, but it still below the levels of previous recessions.

I'll break down Residential Investment (RI) into components after the GDP details are released this coming week. Note: Residential investment (RI) includes new single family structures, multifamily structures, home improvement, broker's commissions, and a few minor categories.

non-Residential InvestmentThe third graph shows non-residential investment in structures, equipment and "intellectual property products".

I'll add details for investment in offices, malls and hotels next week.

Overall this was a weak report, although PCE growth was decent. Private investment (even excluding the change in inventories) was negative, and that is the key to more growth going forward.

Read more at http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2014/04/bea-real-gdp-increased-at-01-annualized.html#wtSxKrSHsPKIJthG.99

19 posted on 04/30/2014 8:08:50 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: BlueStateRightist

Posted a contrarian opinion (Bill McBride) in 19


20 posted on 04/30/2014 8:10:32 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: BlueStateRightist

Sorry I read your comment wrong as I was trying to answer while on a call (stupid of me). Business Insider just posted an article on healthcare spending and GDP that I’ll post later.

No it is not a good thing when half the PCE comes as a result of Obamacare. Without it GDP would have been negative.


21 posted on 04/30/2014 8:29:20 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: kabar

Frigid winter aka Recovery plan.


22 posted on 04/30/2014 8:38:38 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: BlueStateRightist
We Just Saw The Biggest Explosion In Health-Care Spending In Over 30 Years, And It Had A Big Impact On GDP surgeon, doctor, OR

Spending on health care grew an astounding 9.9% in the Bureau of Economic Analysis' advance estimate of first-quarter GDP.

It's the biggest percent change in health-care spending since 1980, when health-care spending jumped 10% in the third quarter. Analysts said it's primarily due to a consumption boost from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Adjusted for inflation, America is spending more on health care than ever before.

Personal consumption grew by 3.0%, about half of which was due to the growth in health-care spending, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist for Pantheon Macroeconomics.

"If health-care spending had been unchanged, the headline GDP growth number would have been -1.0%," Shepherdson said.

A BEA representative said the uptick "reflects additional spending associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act."

The first-quarter advance estimate reflects spending from January through March, the first three months when millions of people who gained insurance by signing up on exchanges established by the law or by qualifying for Medicaid coverage under the program's expansion.

Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, speculated that the growth was more likely associated with the Medicaid expansion at this point.

Sign-ups through the exchanges exploded in March, the last month of the first open enrollment period. Of the more than 8 million people who eventually enrolled in insurance plans, nearly half signed up in March or in a special two-week extended period in April. This means the uptick in health-care spending could be even bigger next quarter.

The detailed consumption data in the advance GDP report displays that spending on doctors and hospital services began to rise rapidly last fall, when the law known as Obamacare was implemented.

"Both are now running at more than twice their pre-Obamacare trend, indicating that pent-up/hidden demand for healthcare was huge," Shepherdson said.

"Next question: How long will it last?"

Here's a chart from Pantheon that shows the growth over the past year in spending on doctor and hospital services, the two factors that dominate the health-care portion of GDP: Obamacare chart

Ian Shepherdson/Pantheon Macroeconomics

Here's a chart from Business Insider's Andy Kierz that shows the annualized quarterly change since 1980: Health care spending

Andy Kiersz/Business Insider

23 posted on 04/30/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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