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Monthly GDP Index from Macroeconomic Advisers by IHS Markit for November

Monthly GDP rose 0.1% in November following a 0.2% increase in October that was unrevised. The November increase reflected positive contributions from domestic final sales (more than accounted for by PCE) and net exports that were nearly offset by a negative contribution from nonfarm inventory investment. The level of GDP in November was 2.1% above the third-quarter average at an annual rate. Implicit in our forecast of 2.5% GDP growth in the fourth quarter is a 0.4% (not annualized) increase of monthly GDP in December.

Macroeconomic Advisers by IHS Markit's index of Monthly GDP (MGDP) is a monthly indicator of real aggregate output that is conceptually consistent with real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the National Income and Product Accounts. The Monthly GDP Index is consistent with the NIPAs for two reasons: first, MGDP is calculated using much of the same underlying monthly source data that is used in the calculation of GDP. Second, the method of aggregation to arrive at MGDP is similar to that for official GDP. Growth of MGDP at the monthly frequency is determined primarily by movements in the underlying monthly source data, and growth of MGDP at the quarterly frequency is nearly identical to growth of real GDP.

Posted 31 December 2019 by Ben Herzon, Ph.D., Executive Director, IHS Markit and

Kathleen Navin, CBE, Director, IHS Markit

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