Q4 GDP comes in at -3.8%
Personal consumption declined at a 3.5% rate, a slight improvement from -3.8% in the third quarter. But that is also the first time we've seen declines of 3% or more in back-to-back quarters since modern records were first collected in 1947.
Some other tidbits: Gross private investment collapsed at a 12.3% rate, compared with a 0.4% rise in Q3. Investment in residential structures plunged again (-23.6%), while investment in nonresidential structures shifted into negative territory for the first time (-1.8%) and investment in equipment and software imploded 27.8% -- a decline the likes of which we haven't seen in a half century. Government spending was in positive territory (+1.9%), but the strength was at the federal level. State and local spending dropped 0.5%.