Finance and insurance; retail trade; and professional, scientific, and technical services were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2016. According to gross domestic product (GDP) by industry statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, 19 of 22 industry groups contributed to the overall 2.1 percent increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter.
For the finance and insurance industry group, real value added—a measure of an industry’s contribution to GDP—increased 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter, after increasing 9.0 percent in the third quarter. The fourth quarter growth primarily reflected increases in Federal Reserve banks, credit intermediation, and related activities, as well as insurance carriers and related activities. Retail
From the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis