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Final 2Q GDP Report: Economic Growth at 1.7%

Real gross domestic product - the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the U.S. - increased at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2010, (from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  In the first quarter, real GDP increased 3.7 percent.

The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "second" estimate issued last month.  In the second estimate, the increase in real GDP was 1.6 percent.

The increase in real GDP in the second quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures, nonresidential fixed investment, exports, private inventory investment, federal government spending, and residential fixed investment.  Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

The deceleration in real GDP in the second quarter primarily reflected a sharp acceleration in imports and a sharp deceleration in private inventory investment that were partly offset by an upturn in residential fixed investment, accelerations in nonresidential fixed investment and in federal government spending, and an upturn in state and local government spending.

Final sales of computers added 0.03 percentage point to the second-quarter change in real GDP after adding 0.10 percentage point to the first-quarter change.  Motor vehicle output subtracted 0.06 percentage point from the second-quarter change in real GDP after adding 0.74 percentage point to the first-quarter change.

Corporate Profits
Profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments) increased $47.5 billion in the second quarter, compared with an increase of $148.4 billion in the first quarter.

Current-production cash flow (net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment) - the internal funds available to corporations for investment - increased $61.1 billion in the second quarter, compared with an increase of $33.3 billion in the first.

Profits after tax with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments increased $45.2 billion in the second quarter, compared with an increase of $64.1 billion in the first.

Domestic profits of financial corporations decreased $3.4 billion in the second quarter, in contrast to an increase of $5.2 billion in the first. Domestic profits of nonfinancial corporations increased $48.2 billion in the second quarter, compared with an increase of $117.2 billion in the first.

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