The news this morning is dominated by European bailout news, but we have a “recession watch” figure today. This morning was the Gross Domestic Product for the third quarter in the United States. This is the first preliminary report on Q3-2011 and we get two revisions ahead.
The headline GDP in the third quarter was +2.5%, slightly under the 2.7% projected by Dow Jones. This compares to +1.3% in Q2-2011 and to +0.4% in Q1-2011. If you look at the PCE Price Index, that came to +2.4%.
The third quarter was helped by consumer spending as consumers continued to spend. Real final sales, backing out private inventories was +3.6%.
We have seen several economists raise growth targets during the recent weeks despite a deluge of bad data and despite what had been awful news out of Europe, China, and India.
Could it be that there will be no double-dip recession? It seems possible now and maybe the soft landing is just growth so slow that it still feels like a recession because so many things have not improved. Housing and employment remain in the tank.
JON C. OGG