A 10.5% decline in gross private investment was the primary driver of the downward revision to first-quarter gross domestic product to a 5% contraction, from a drop of 4.8%, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
We are keeping our forecast of a 38.5% decline in second-quarter GDP intact.
Despite modest upward revisions to household consumption and robust residential investment, we are keeping our forecast of a 38.5% decline in second-quarter GDP intact.
While the free fall of the American economy caused by the pandemic has come to an end, the plunge in employment and output will leave lasting damage to the domestic economy, and the data yet to arrive will inform us of the breadth and depth of that damage.
Downward revisions in gross domestic purchases now imply a 6.1% decline, which does imply that the third estimate has some room for further downward revisions to the top-line number. Final sales to private domestic purchasers declined by 5.9%, while real final sales declined by 3.7%. GDP excluding motor-vehicle output dropped by 4.7%.
Personal consumption declined by 6.8% despite an increase of 0.2% in outlays on goods, which was driven by a 7.7% advance in non-durables spending, most of which occurred during the first three weeks of March. Outlays on services declined by 9.7% and durables by 13.2%.
Fixed investment declined by 2.4%, which was underscored by a 7.9% decline in non-residential outlays, a 3.9% decline in spending on structures, a 16.7% collapse in equipment outlays and a 1% increase in intellectual property spending.
Outlays on residential investment increased by 18.5%, which was the only real bright spot in the report.
Exports declined by 8.7% and imports by 15.5%. Government consumption advanced by 0.8% and the change in inventories saw a large downward revision, from a $16.3 billion decline to a $67.2 billion decrease.
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