Consumer Sentiment

November 25, 2020 The final estimate of consumer sentiment for November came in at 76.9 which is virtually identical to the preliminary estimate of estimate of 77.0  Thus, consumer sentiment for November fell 4.9 points to 76.9 after having risen 1.4 points in...

Durable Goods Orders

November 25, 2020 Durable goods orders rose 1.3% in September after after jumped 2.1% in September and risen 0.4% in August.  Durables plunged in March and April.  The imposition of the stringent measures put into place in mid-March to stop the spread of the corona...

GDP

November 25, 2020 The revised estimate of third quarter GDP was unchanged at 33.1% after having fallen 31.4% in the second quarter.  Both swings were record-breaking quarterly changes..  Led by consumer spending and housing, GDP surged in the third quarter and these...

Final Sales

November 25, 2020 When the economy is slowing down, firms will accumulate unwanted inventories.   Those inventories still show up in GDP, but they are unsold.  Hence, GDP will be biased upwards.  Similarly, in good times businesses will reduce inventory levels to...

Final Sales to Domestic Purchasers

Novembere 25, 2020 It is important to remember that final sales is a measure of how many domestically produced goods are sold each quarter.  But we also sell goods overseas — our exports.   And we purchase goods from other countries — our imports. In the...

Gross Domestic Purchases Deflator

November 25, 2020 There are many different deflators that are available.  This one is for gross domestic purchases which measures prices paid by U.S. residents.  It is the one measure of inflation that the Commerce Department talks about when it releases the GDP...