GDP: el stinkeroo!

Thursday, April 28, 2005 | 09:15 AM


Guess what? The Dismal set overshot again: 

via WSJ:  "The U.S. economy expanded at the slowest pace in two years in the first quarter, as high energy prices helped put a damper on spending by consumers and businesses and forced the already huge trade deficit to widen."

This was the economy's most sluggish showing since the first quarter of 2003, when economic activity expanded at a 1.9% clip. That suggests the stimulus from 2003 is fading.

"Surging prices for crude oil and gasoline helped to damp both consumer and business spending. Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of all U.S. economic activity, rose 3.5%, lower than the 4.2% gain seen in the fourth quarter. Business investment increased 4.7% after rising 14.5% in the fourth quarter, and spending on equipment and software recorded its weakest showing in two years.

The slowdown in spending was largely expected after a weak reading on March retail sales and a 2.8% slide in demand for big-ticket manufactured goods. In Thursday's report, demand for durable goods was flat after rising 3.9% in the first quarter."


Here's 15 year chart showing year-over-year GDP -- topping and sliding.

click for larger chart


Source:, WSJ

Even worse than the slow growth is the additional prcie inflation:  "Chain-weighted GDP price index) a very broad measure of economy-wide inflation)  increased at a robust 3.3% rate. According to the WSJ, that's the fastest rise since an identical jump in the Q1 2001. (Last qaurter was a slower 2.3%).

Of course, none of this bodes well for the longer term macro-economic environment.


UPDATE: April 28, 2005 2:36pm

Some more good charts here


High Energy Prices Place Curb on Economic Growth
U.S. GDP Expanded at 3.1% Rate in 1st Quarter; Spending Cools Off
WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE, April 28, 2005 9:52 a.m.,,SB111469118040019450,00.html

Thursday, April 28, 2005 | 09:15 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (1) add to | digg digg this! | technorati add to technorati | email email this post



TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference GDP: el stinkeroo!:

» Friday Gatling Blog from Restless Mania
Buckle up. It's that time of the week again. [Read More]

Tracked on Apr 29, 2005 2:30:46 PM


Are you sticking with your bear call or beginning to dip your toes back? Mark Hulbert in CBS Marketwatch states that sentiment is rather bearish. How do you feel about that?

What in your opinion is the probability that Fed does not hike rates at the next meeting and how do you believe the bond and stock would react to that?

Posted by: malabar | Apr 28, 2005 12:55:58 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.

Recent Posts

December 2008
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      


Complete Archives List



Category Cloud

On the Nightstand

On the Nightstand

 Subscribe in a reader

Get The Big Picture!
Enter your email address:

Read our privacy policy

Essays & Effluvia

The Apprenticed Investor

Apprenticed Investor

About Me

About Me
email me

Favorite Posts

Tools and Feeds

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Subscribe to The Big Picture

Powered by FeedBurner

Add to Technorati Favorites


My Wishlist

Worth Perusing

Worth Perusing

mp3s Spinning

MP3s Spinning

My Photo



Odds & Ends

Site by Moxie Design Studios™