Q3 GDP disappoints ahead of Fed

Trading Economics/Staff/10-28-2021

bar chart showing GDP data releasae for Q3 2021

“The American economy expanded an annualized 2% on quarter in Q3 2021, well below market forecasts of 2.7% and slowing sharply from 6.7% in Q2. It is the weakest growth of pandemic recovery as an infusion of government stimulus continued to fade and a surge in COVID-19 cases and global supply constraints weighted on consumption and production. Personal consumption eased sharply (1.6% vs 12% in Q2) as spending on goods decreased (led by motor vehicles and parts) and services decelerated (led by food services and accommodations). Also, nonresidential investment rose much less (1.8% vs 9.2%) and residential one continued to shrink (- 7.7% vs -11.7%). Meanwhile, net exports subtracted 1.14 percentage points from the growth as exports declined 2.5% (vs +7.6%) and imports surged 6.1% (vs 7.1%). Private inventories however added 2.07 percentage points to the growth.”

USAGOLD note: This GDP read might force the Fed to tread lightly on tapering next week.

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