The US economy grew more than expected in the second quarter of the year. image file
The gross domestic product of the world’s largest economy grew 6.7% in the second quarter of the year compared to the previous three months, according to a final estimate by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
The US economy’s progress in the July-September period was higher than expected by analysts polled by financial investment portal Investing.com, who had expected a 6.6% increase – as happened in the second review of the data -.
Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) rose 12% in the second quarter compared to the previous three months, the highest increase in the past three quarters.
Prices measured in PCE terms rose 6.5% in the second quarter—the largest increase since the third quarter of 1981—and advanced at an annual rate of 3.9%.
Finally, core PCE prices, or the measure that underestimates changes in highly volatile products like food or energy, rose 6.1% in the quarter, and increased 3.4% annually.
Analysts consulted by Investing forecast 3.7% growth in prices measured on a PCE basis and 6.1% in the core component.
This last measure, the annual change in core prices of personal spending expenditures, is the most closely monitored measure by the Federal Reserve (Fed) to determine monetary policy actions in the United States.
Publication date: 09/30/2021
Tags: economy, gross domestic product, united states