Generally speaking, a calendar year begins on the New Year's Day of the given calendar First quarter, Q1: 1 January – 31 March (90 days or 91 days in leap years); Second quarter, Q2: 1 April – 30 June (91 days); Third quarter, Q3: 1 July . For example, Microsoft (MSFT) paid an annual dividend of $ per share in but split it up as $ in the first, second, and third quarter. First-quarter economic growth was revised up percentage point to percent at an annual rate. Strong growth in residential investment.
In the finance world quarter 1 usually spans January 1-March 31; quarter 2 usually spans April 1-June 30; quarter 3 usually spans July 1-September 30; and . A sharp contraction in mining tipped economic growth into negative territory in the first quarter of South Africa's economy shrank by 1,2%. Pretoria - South Africa's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by % in the first quarter of , Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).
U.S. economic growth slowed in the first quarter but not as sharply as previously estimated, with gains in exports and investment in software. MENLO PARK, Calif., April 27, /PRNewswire/ -- Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended. 20/05/ - Growth of real gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area was unchanged, at %, in the first quarter of , but with diverging growth. Real gross domestic product grew % in the first quarter, following an increase of % in the fourth quarter of