GDP now to fall nearly 53% in second quarter, according to Fed gauge


A worker assembles an X model at the BMW manufacturing facility in Greer, South Carolina, November 4, 2019.

Charles Mostoller | Reuters

Economic activity in the second quarter has been cut by more than half, according to a tracker employed by the Atlanta Federal Reserve.

The GDPNow outlook is now showing a 52.8% tumble, following data Monday that U.S. manufacturing remains firmly in decline and will weigh on investment and consumption. That data from the Institute for Supply Manufacturing showed just 43.1% of firms seeing expansion in May.

Extrapolating from that data, the Atlanta Fed anticipates personal consumption expenditures, which make up 68% of the nation’s gross domestic product, to…


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