Another quarter for consumers to rely on massive stimulus payments, extremely loose monetary policy, and the continued re-opening of the US economy combined to push real GDP up at a very rapid pace in the second quarter, with the federal government preparing to release its initial estimate of economic growth on July 29.
At present, we are estimating that real GDP grew at an 8.3% annual rate in Q2, an acceleration from the 6.4% growth rate in Q1 and, with the exception of the massive surge in output in the third quarter of 2020, which offset the massive plunge in production in Q2 of 2020, the fastest growth rate for any quarter since the early 1980s.