$USD Gross Domestic Product Report for Q1 2024 - Score: 3 (Neutral)

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$USD Gross Domestic Product Report for Q1 2024 - Score: 3 (Neutral)

About the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. It provides critical economic statistics, including data on GDP, personal income, and corporate profits. The BEA's data is essential for public and private sector decision-making and policy formulation.

Summary of the Gross Domestic Product Report for Q1 2024

The BEA's latest report on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2024 presents a nuanced picture of the U.S. economy's performance.

Key Messages:

  • Real GDP Growth: Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 1.3%, down from 3.4% in Q4 2023.
  • Consumer Spending: There was a deceleration in consumer spending, which contributed to the lower GDP growth rate.
    • Example: If consumer spending increased by 5% in Q4 2023, it only increased by 1.3% in Q1 2024.
  • Inflation Measures: The price index for gross domestic purchases increased by 3.0%.
    • Example: If an item cost $100 last year, it now costs $103.
  • Corporate Profits: Corporate profits decreased by $21.1 billion in Q1 2024.
    • Example: A company that made $1 million in profits in Q4 2023 may have seen a significant drop in Q1 2024.

Hawkish/Dovish Score: 3 (Neutral)

Reasons for the Score:

  • The report shows moderate concern about economic growth, without suggesting aggressive policy changes.
  • By presenting balanced data on consumer spending, inflation, and corporate profits, the report indicates a cautious but steady economic outlook.

How the Score Could Be Higher or Lower:

  • Higher (More Hawkish): A significant focus on rising inflation and a need for immediate monetary tightening could have made the score more hawkish.
  • Lower (More Dovish): Downplaying inflation concerns and suggesting minimal policy changes, focusing more on economic growth, would have resulted in a more dovish score.


  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP): The total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year.
  • Hawkish/Dovish: Terms describing a central bank's stance on inflation and interest rates. "Hawkish" indicates a focus on controlling inflation, often via higher interest rates, while "dovish" suggests a focus on economic growth and employment, typically through lower rates.

For more details, access the full report here.


GDP, Economic Growth, Consumer Spending, Inflation, Corporate Profits, U.S. Economy

Related Chart:

GDP Growth Q1 2024


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