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Construction Spending

Nonresidential Construction Spending Slips 0.6 Percent in November

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:16 PM
Despite a pent-up demand for construction activity, the nation’s nonresidential construction spending slipped 0.6 percent in November, with outlays decreasing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $564.1 billion, according to the Jan. 2 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Year-over-year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 2.9 percent.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Rises 0.5 Percent in October

Monday, December 3, 2012 12:19 PM
The nation’s nonresidential construction industry experienced a modest gain in October as spending increased 0.5 percent to $571.3 billion, according to the Dec. 3 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Total nonresidential construction spending–which includes both private and public projects–is up 5.1 percent compared to one year ago.  
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 0.4 Percent in September

Thursday, November 1, 2012 1:44 PM
Despite a flurry of activity in residential construction spending, nonresidential construction spending decreased 0.4 percent in September, with outlays falling to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $559.4 billion, according to the Nov. 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Commerce Department. Year-over-year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 2.6 percent, slightly higher than inflation.
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Construction Spending Declines Second Month in Row; Down 0.6 Percent in August

Monday, October 1, 2012 9:40 PM
Construction spending has fallen for the second consecutive month, dipping 0.6 percent in August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, spending is up 6.5 percent from one year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Spending Slips 0.9 Percent in July

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 2:24 PM
Further signaling a lackluster national economy, construction spending – which includes both nonresidential and residential building – decreased 0.9 percent in July, but is up 9.3 percent year over year, according to the Sept. 4 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Unchanged in June

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:51 PM
“Nonresidential construction spending in June was roughly in accordance with expectations,” said Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The volume of spending was virtually unchanged for the month, reflecting an economy that is growing slowly, but with an insufficient level of confidence to produce significant numbers of new construction starts. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Spending in May Up 7 Percent from One Year Ago

Monday, July 2, 2012 9:28 AM
Total construction spending in the nation – which includes both residential and nonresidential construction – increased 0.9 percent from April to May and is 7 percent higher from one year ago, according to the July 2 construction spending report from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, nonresidential construction was unchanged in May from the previous month, totaling $562.3 billion. Read the rest of entry »
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