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Technical Note
Gross Domestic Product
Fourth Quarter of 2013 (Second Estimate)
February 28, 2014
This technical note provides background information about the source data and
estimating methods used to produce the estimates presented in the GDP news release.
The complete set of estimates for the fourth quarter is available on BEA's Web site at
www.bea.gov; a brief summary of "highlights" is also posted on the Web site. In a few
weeks, the estimates will be published in BEA's online monthly journal, the Survey of
Current Business, along with a more detailed analysis of the estimates ("GDP and the
Economy").


Sources of Revision to Real GDP

Real GDP increased 2.4 percent (annual rate) in the fourth quarter, a downward revision
of 0.8 percentage point from the advance estimate. The revision reflected downward
revisions to consumer spending, to private inventory investment, to exports, and to state
and local government spending that were partly offset by an upward revision to
nonresidential fixed investment.

*	The downward revision to consumer spending reflected downward revisions to both
        goods and services. These revisions reflected revised Census Bureau retail sales
        data for November and December and revised Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
        seasonally adjusted consumer price indexes used for deflation.
*	The largest contributor to the downward revision in private inventory investment was
        a downward revision to wholesale trade inventories, which reflected the incorporation
        of newly available Census Bureau inventory data for December and revised data for
        October and November.
*	The downward revision to exports was mainly to goods and was based on newly
        available Census goods data for December.
*	The downward revision to state and local government spending reflected a
        downward revision to investment in structures, which was based on newly available
        Census Bureau construction spending data for December and revised data for
        October and November.
*	The upward revision to nonresidential fixed investment primarily reflected upward
        revisions to equipment and to intellectual property products. The largest contributors
        to the revision in equipment were revisions to information processing equipment and
        transportation equipment, which were based on newly available Census export and
        import data for December. The revision to intellectual property products was mainly
        to software, based on newly available company revenue data for the fourth quarter.

The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 1.8 percent in the fourth
quarter, an upward revision of 0.3 percentage point. This revision was mostly due to
prices for personal consumption expenditures and reflected revised BLS seasonally
adjusted consumer price indexes and the incorporation of newly available commercial
bank call report data.



Revisions to Wages and Salaries, Disposable Personal Income, and GDI

In addition to presenting revised estimates for the fourth quarter, today's release also
presents revised estimates of third-quarter wages and salaries, personal taxes, and
contributions for government social insurance. Wages and salaries are now estimated to
have increased $45.2 billion in the third quarter of 2013, a downward revision of $0.9
billion. These estimates reflect newly available wage and salary tabulations for the third
quarter from the BLS quarterly census of employment and wages (QCEW). These data
are more comprehensive than the monthly employment and earnings data that were
used for the earlier estimates—the QCEW data include irregular pay, such as bonuses
and gains from the exercise of stock options.

Real disposable personal income is estimated to have increased 3.0 percent (annual
rate) in the third quarter and 0.7 percent in the fourth. By comparison, the estimates that
were available last month showed an increase of 3.0 percent in the third quarter and an
increase of 0.8 percent in the fourth. Real gross domestic income grew 1.8 percent in
the third quarter, the same as the estimate that was available last month. The estimate
of real gross domestic income for the fourth quarter will be available with the third GDP
estimate on March 27.


Brent R. Moulton
Associate Director for National Economic Accounts
Bureau of Economic Analysis
(202) 606-9606