Corporate profits increased $116.5 billion or 7.9% in 1Q '06

Profits from current production (corporate profits with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments) increased $116.5 billion in the first quarter, compared with an increase of $185.8 billion in the fourth, according to preliminary estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Current-production cash flow (net cash flow with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments) -- the internal funds available to corporations for investment -- increased $84.6 billion in the first quarter, compared with an increase of $43.1 billion in the fourth.

Taxes on corporate income increased $23.2 billion in the first quarter, compared with an increase of $56.8 billion in the fourth. Dividends increased $13.4 billion, compared with an increase of $15.3 billion; current-production undistributed profits increased $79.9 billion, compared with an increase of $113.8 billion.

Domestic profits of financial corporations increased $67.1 billion in the first quarter, compared with an increase of $104.9 billion in the fourth. Domestic profits of nonfinancial corporations increased $40.5 billion, compared with an increase of $95.5 billion. 

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