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Production fell 7 percent to 3.6 million barrels per day of oil equivalent. Earnings from the company’s downstream unit, which refines crude oil into gasoline and other products, fell 47 percent, which Chief Executive Darren Woods said was the primary drag on earnings in the quarter. Exxon said the second quarter featured multiple refinery renovation projects, known as turnarounds, in France, Canada, Texas and Saudi Arabia. The company plans to hold a conference call to discuss quarterly results on Friday morning.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S, government statisticians say they have addressed a methodology problem, which analysts had argued tended to understate economic growth in the first quarter, The Bureau of Economic Analysis, the government agency that constructs gross domestic product data, said this week a three-phase plan to resolve residual seasonality was complete with Friday’s release of a comprehensive revision of GDP numbers, “We have worked quite closely with our partners around this,” Erich Strassner, associate black building block cufflinks director for National Economic Accounts at the BEA, told reporters, “Through our tests we do not show any signs of residual seasonality in our estimates.”..

The BEA announced in 2016 that it was undertaking a component-by-component review of data series included in GDP to look for possible residual seasonality. The agency applied seasonal adjustment improvements to the GDP series going back to 1929 for the annual data and 1947 for the quarterly figures. The government adjusts economic data to remove fluctuations such as seasonal weather patterns and holidays that normally occur at roughly the same time and magnitude every year, to make the series easier to interpret and analyze.

To make the seasonal adjustment process more transparent, black building block cufflinks the BEA is now publishing not seasonally adjusted GDP data, with every release of the quarterly reports, The minimum period for seasonal adjustment was raised to five years from three years, “We know we are not done in the sense that moving forward with every annual update we are going to be looking at the most recent 15-year period to test for residual seasonality as well as the whole time period of statistics,” said Strassner..

Economists believed residual seasonality had been most prevalent in first-quarter GDP data. The BEA sharply revised up the 2016 first-quarter GDP growth estimate to a 1.5 percent annual rate from the previously reported 0.6 percent pace. It also raised the 2017 first-quarter GDP growth estimate to a 1.8 percent pace from a 1.2 percent rate. “Naturally improved seasonal adjustment plays a role in these revisions,” said Strassner. “However we cannot separately identify the portion that can be attributed to improved seasonal adjustment from the incorporation of newly available source data.”.

The black building block cufflinks government also incorporated new data from the 2012 census, Over the 2012-2017 period, GDP growth for the second quarters was on average revised up by one-tenth of a percentage point, and 0.3 percentage points for the third quarters, Growth for the fourth quarters was revised up by two-tenths of a percentage point over that period, Overall, the benchmark revisions showed little change in the economic picture from what was previously reported, But the saving rate was far much higher than previously estimated between 2010 and 2017, The 2017 saving rate was raised to 6.7 percent from 3.4 percent, The BEA said the revisions accounted for misreporting of proprietor income, There was little change to previously published inflation estimates..

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar pared its earlier gains against a basket of currencies on Friday as data showed the U.S. economy expanded at its fastest clip in nearly four years but they did not quell worries the pace of growth would slow due to tariffs. At 8:42 a.m. (1242 GMT), the index that tracks the greenback versus a group of six currencies was up 0.06 percent at 94.809. The dollar index was up 0.14 percent shortly before the release of the government’s first reading of the gross domestic product, its broadest measure of the U.S. economy.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - ZTE Corp (0763.HK) (000063.SZ) revised its first-quarter results to a net loss on Friday, after China’s second-biggest telecommunications equipment maker took into account the impact of a crippling U.S, supplier ban that has now been lifted, ZTE said net loss for the three months through March was 5.4 billion yuan ($790.62 million), compared to a net profit of 1.2 billion yuan a year earlier, Revenue rose 6.9 percent on year to 27.5 billion yuan, The company will set up an export compliance committee with company Chairman Li Zixue as one of the five members, ZTE said black building block cufflinks in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange..

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