globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:26 PM
Inquiring minds are digging into the 4th Quarter and 2012 Annual GDP Advance Estimate.
Heading into the report, the WSJ Economists’ GDP Forecasts were
+1.6% for Q4 2012 and +1.7% in Q1 2013.
The GDP report was a shocker, coming in at an annual rate of negative 0.1%.
Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.
Choice Comments From Consumer Metrics
Rick Davis at Consumer Metrics had some choice comments via email (also in the preceding link).
We have mentioned before that the BEA is notoriously poor at recording turning points in the economy in “real time.” The first quarter of 2008 was a classic example, initially being reported in “real time” as yet another quarter of sustained growth before being revised downward several times over some 40 months to become the first quarter of contraction leading into what we now call the “Great Recession.” We fully expect that ultimately the surprising economic upturn seen in the 3Q-2012 data will largely vanish in future revisions.