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National Income and Product Accounts
Gross Domestic Product, 3rd quarter 2013 (third estimate);
   Corporate Profits, 3rd quarter 2013 (revised estimate)
      Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property
located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2013 (that
is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau
of Economic Analysis.  In the second quarter, real GDP increased 2.5 percent.

      The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for
the "second" estimate issued on December 5, 2013.  In the second estimate, the increase in real GDP was
3.6 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3).  With this third estimate for the third quarter, increases in
personal consumption expenditures (PCE) and in nonresidential fixed investment were larger than
previously estimated.

      The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from
private inventory investment, PCE, nonresidential fixed investment, exports, residential fixed
investment, and state and local government spending that were partly offset by a negative contribution
from federal government spending.  Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP,
increased.

      The acceleration in real GDP growth in the third quarter primarily reflected an acceleration in
private inventory investment, a deceleration in imports, and accelerations in state and local government
spending and in PCE that were partly offset by a deceleration in exports.

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FOOTNOTE.  Quarterly estimates are expressed at seasonally adjusted annual rates, unless otherwise
specified.  Quarter-to-quarter dollar changes are differences between these published estimates.
Percent changes are calculated from unrounded data and are annualized.  "Real" estimates are in chained
(2009) dollars.  Price indexes are chain-type measures.

      This news release is available on BEA’s Web site along with the Technical Note and Highlights
related to this release.  For information on revisions, see "Revisions to GDP, GDI, and Their Major Components."
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      The price index for gross domestic purchases, which measures prices paid by U.S. residents,
increased 1.8 percent in the third quarter, the same increase as in the second estimate; this index
increased 0.2 percent in the second quarter.  Excluding food and energy prices, the price index for gross
domestic purchases increased 1.5 percent in the third quarter, compared with an increase of 0.8 percent
in the second.

      Real personal consumption expenditures increased 2.0 percent in the third quarter, compared
with an increase of 1.8 percent in the second.  Durable goods increased 7.9 percent, compared with an
increase of 6.2 percent.  Nondurable goods increased 2.9 percent, compared with an increase of 1.6
percent.  Services increased 0.7 percent, compared with an increase of 1.2 percent.

      Real nonresidential fixed investment increased 4.8 percent in the third quarter, compared with an
increase of 4.7 percent in the second.  Nonresidential structures increased 13.4 percent, compared with
an increase of 17.6 percent.  Equipment increased 0.2 percent, compared with an increase of 3.3 percent.
Intellectual property products increased 5.8 percent, in contrast to a decrease of 1.5 percent.  Real
residential fixed investment increased 10.3 percent, compared with an increase of 14.2 percent.

      Real exports of goods and services increased 3.9 percent in the third quarter, compared with an
increase of 8.0 percent in the second.  Real imports of goods and services increased 2.4 percent,
compared with an increase of 6.9 percent.

      Real federal government consumption expenditures and gross investment decreased 1.5 percent
in the third quarter, compared with a decrease of 1.6 percent in the second.  National defense decreased
0.5 percent, compared with a decrease of 0.6 percent.  Nondefense decreased 3.1 percent, the same
decrease as in the second quarter.  Real state and local government consumption expenditures and gross
investment increased 1.7 percent, compared with an increase of 0.4 percent.

      The change in real private inventories added 1.67 percentage points to the third-quarter change in
real GDP, after adding 0.41 percentage point to the second-quarter change.  Private businesses increased
inventories $115.7 billion in the third quarter, following increases of $56.6 billion in the second quarter
and $42.2 billion in the first.

      Real final sales of domestic product -- GDP less change in private inventories -- increased 2.5
percent in the third quarter, compared with an increase of 2.1 percent in the second.


Gross domestic purchases

      Real gross domestic purchases -- purchases by U.S. residents of goods and services wherever
produced -- increased 3.9 percent in the third quarter, compared with an increase of 2.5 percent in the
second.


Gross national product

      Real gross national product -- the goods and services produced by the labor and property
supplied by U.S. residents -- increased 4.4 percent in the third quarter, compared with an increase of 2.7
percent in the second.  GNP includes, and GDP excludes, net receipts of income from the rest of the
world, which increased $12.7 billion in the third quarter after increasing $7.7 billion in the second; in the
third quarter, receipts increased $1.0 billion, and payments decreased $11.7 billion.


Current-dollar GDP

      Current-dollar GDP -- the market value of the nation's output of goods and services -- increased
6.2 percent, or $251.9 billion, in the third quarter to a level of $16,912.9 billion.  In the second quarter,
current-dollar GDP increased 3.1 percent, or $125.7 billion.


Gross domestic income

      Real gross domestic income (GDI), which measures the output of the economy as the costs
incurred and the incomes earned in the production of GDP, increased 1.8 percent in the third quarter,
compared with an increase of 3.2 percent in the second.  In the second estimate, the increase in real GDI
was 1.4 percent.  For a given quarter, the estimates of GDP and GDI may differ for a variety of reasons,
including the incorporation of largely independent source data.  However, over longer time spans, the
estimates of GDP and GDI tend to follow similar patterns of change.


Revisions

      The upward revision to the percent change in real GDP primarily reflected upward revisions to
personal consumption expenditures and to nonresidential fixed investment that were partly offset by a
downward revision to residential fixed investment.


                                           Advance Estimate       Second Estimate      	Third Estimate
                                                     (Percent change from preceding quarter)

Real GDP...............................           2.8                   3.6                 4.1
Real GDI...............................           ---                   1.4                 1.8
Current-dollar GDP.....................           4.8                   5.6                 6.2
Gross domestic purchases price index...           1.8                   1.8                 1.8



                                           Corporate Profits

      Profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation adjustment (IVA) and
capital consumption adjustment (CCAdj)) increased $39.2 billion in the third quarter, compared with an
increase of $66.8 billion in the second.  Taxes on corporate income decreased $0.4 billion, in contrast to
an increase of $10.0 billion.  Profits after tax with IVA and CCAdj increased $39.5 billion, compared
with an increase of $56.9 billion.

      Dividends decreased $179.0 billion in the third quarter, in contrast to an increase of $273.5
billion in the second.  The large third-quarter decrease primarily reflected dividends paid by Fannie Mae
to the federal government in the second quarter.  Undistributed profits increased $218.6 billion, in
contrast to a decrease of $216.6 billion.  Net cash flow with IVA -- the internal funds available to
corporations for investment -- increased $231.1 billion, in contrast to a decrease of $205.3 billion.

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     Profits from current production reflect the depreciation of fixed assets valued at current cost using
consistent depreciation profiles.  These profiles are based on used-asset prices and do not depend on the
depreciation-accounting practices used for federal income tax returns.  The IVA and CCAdj are
adjustments that convert inventory withdrawals and depreciation of fixed assets reported on a tax-return,
historical-cost basis to the current-cost economic measures used in the national income and product
accounts.
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Corporate profits by industry

      Domestic profits of financial corporations increased $9.7 billion in the third quarter, compared
with an increase of $24.5 billion in the second.  Domestic profits of nonfinancial corporations increased
$12.7 billion, compared with an increase of $37.8 billion.  The increase in profits of financial
corporations reflected increases in both Federal Reserve banks and "other" financial industries.  The
increase in nonfinancial corporations primarily reflected increases in manufacturing and in "other"
nonfinancial corporations that were partly offset by a decrease in information.  Within manufacturing,
the largest increases were in "other" durable goods and in food and beverage and tobacco products.
These increases were partly offset by decreases in petroleum and coal products and in chemical
products.

      The rest-of-the-world component of profits increased $16.7 billion in the third quarter, compared
with an increase of $4.6 billion in the second.  This measure is calculated as the difference between
receipts from the rest of the world and payments to the rest of the world.


Gross value added of nonfinancial domestic corporate business

      In the third quarter, real gross value added of nonfinancial corporations increased, and profits per
unit of real value added increased.  The increase in unit profits reflected an increase in unit prices that
was partly offset by increases in both the unit nonlabor and labor costs incurred by corporations.


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                       Next release -- January 30, 2014, at 8:30 A.M. EST for:
              Gross Domestic Product:  Fourth Quarter and Annual 2013 (Advance Estimate)



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Release dates in 2014


Gross Domestic Product

           		2013: IV and 2013 annual    	2014: I     	2014: II       	  2014: III

Advance...		January 30            	        April 30	July 30		  October 30
Second....		February 28          	        May 29      	August 28	  November 25
Third..... 		March 27             	        June 25     	September 26	  December 23


Corporate Profits

Preliminary...          ......	                        May 29         August 28         November 25
Revised....... 		March 27             	        June 25        September 26      December 23