Corporate profits in the United States plunged 14.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020, after rising 2.1 percent in the previous period, a preliminary estimate showed. It was the sharpest decline in corporate profits since the last quarter of 2008, amid the coronavirus crisis. Undistributed profits slumped by 52.3 percent to USD 265.2 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment dropped by 10.8 percent to USD 2,220.4 billion. Meantime, net dividends rose by 1.4 percent to USD 1,371.6 billion.

Corporate Profits in the United States averaged 503.56 USD Billion from 1950 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 1908.23 USD Billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 and a record low of 14.67 USD Billion in the first quarter of 1951. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Corporate Profits - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Corporate Profits - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2020. source: U.S. Bureau of Economics Analysis

Corporate Profits in the United States is expected to be 1790.00 USD Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Corporate Profits in the United States to stand at 1850.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Corporate Profits is projected to trend around 1870.00 USD Billion in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Corporate Profits

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1636.82 1908.23 1908.23 14.67 1950 - 2020 USD Billion Quarterly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-27 01:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Prel Q3 1.3% 3.7% 2.5%
2019-12-20 01:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Final Q3 0.6% 3.7% 1.3%
2020-03-26 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Q4 2.1% 0.6%
2020-05-28 12:30 PM Corporate Profits QoQ Prel Q1 -14.2% 2.1% -46%


News Stream
US Corporate Profits Fall the Most since 2008
Corporate profits in the United States plunged 14.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020, after rising 2.1 percent in the previous period, a preliminary estimate showed. It was the sharpest decline in corporate profits since the last quarter of 2008, amid the coronavirus crisis. Undistributed profits slumped by 52.3 percent to USD 265.2 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment dropped by 10.8 percent to USD 2,220.4 billion. Meantime, net dividends rose by 1.4 percent to USD 1,371.6 billion.
2020-05-28
US Corporate Profits Growth Accelerates to 2.1% in Q4
Corporate profits in the United States increased 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 to USD 1,908.2 billion, accelerating from a 0.6 percent rise in the previous period. Undistributed profits jumped by USD 26.7, or 5.1 percent to USD 555.8 billion; net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment climbed by USD 45.2 billion, or 1.8 percent to USD 2,489.3 billion; and net dividends edged up by USD 12.8 billion, or 1 percent to USD 1,352.4 billion. For the whole 2019, corporate profits went up 0.1 percent, after surging 10 percent in 2018.
2020-03-26
US Corporate Profits Growth Revised Down in Q3
Corporate profits in the United States rose by USD 11.2 billion, or 0.6 percent, to USD 1,868.7 billion in the third quarter of 2019, following a 3.7 percent increase in the previous period and below the preliminary estimate of a 1.3 percent gain, final figures showed. Undistributed profits advanced by USD 18.4 billion, or 3.6 percent to USD 529.1 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment climbed by USD 40 billion, or 1.7 percent to USD 2,444.1 billion. Meantime, net dividends edged down by USD 7.3 billion, or 0.5 percent to USD 1,339.2 billion.
2019-12-20
US Corporate Profits Growth Slows to 1.3% in Q3
Corporate profits in the United States increased by USD 23.7 billion, or 1.3 percent in the third quarter 2019 to USD 1,881.2 billion, easing from a 3.7 percent rise in the previous period, a preliminary estimate showed. Undistributed profits advanced by USD 31.2 billion, or 6.1 percent to USD 541.9 billion and net cash flow with inventory valuation adjustment, the internal funds available to corporations for investment climbed by USD 53 billion, or 2.2 percent to USD 2,457.1 billion. Meantime, net dividends edged down by USD 7.7 billion, or 0.6 percent to USD 1,339.2 billion.
2019-11-27

United States Corporate Profits
Corporate profits represents the portion of the total income earned from current production that is accounted for by U.S. corporations. It is one of the most closely watched U.S. economic indicators, as it provides a summary measure of corporate financial health and thus serves as an essential indicator of economic performance.