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CBI Remains Virtually Unchanged In Third Quarter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:07 AM
As the economy gradually recovers, nonresidential construction spending remains unchanged—a good sign the downturn in the industry has stopped, according to the Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) produced by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).CBI also remained nearly unchanged between the second and third quarters of 2013. 
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Second Quarter Construction Backlog Jumps 3.9 Percent

Monday, August 19, 2013 4:25 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose 3.9 percent during the second quarter of 2013 and now stands at 8.2 months, up from 7.9 months the previous quarter. Construction backlog is up 6.6 percent compared to the same time last year. CBI reflects the amount of commercial and industrial construction work under contract, but not yet completed.
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First Quarter 2013 CBI Declines 1.1 Percent

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:44 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) declined 1.1 percent during the first quarter of 2013 and now stands at 7.9 months. Despite the quarterly decline, CBI is still 7 percent higher compared to one year ago. CBI is measured in months and reflects the amount of commercial and industrial construction work under contract, but not yet completed. 
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Commercial Construction Stagnant In The Final Quarter Of 2012

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:00 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) remained unchanged at 8 months from the third quarter through the fourth quarter of 2012; however, it is up 2.4 percent compared to a year ago. CBI is measured in months and reflects the amount of construction work under contract, but not yet completed by nonresidential contractors.
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Construction Backlog Up 3.5 Percent In Third Quarter Of 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:32 AM
ABC reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) expanded for the second consecutive quarter, up to 8 months in the third quarter of this year, a 3.5 percent increase from the previous quarter. CBI is measured in months and reflects the amount of construction work under contract, but not yet completed.
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Construction Backlog Bounces Back In Second Quarter Of 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:40 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose 4.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 after declining the two previous quarters. Despite the quarterly expansion, CBI is 0.3 months, or 4.2 percent below the second quarter of 2011. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.
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Construction Backlog Declines 5.4 Percent In The First Quarter Of 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:28 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the first quarter of 2012. CBI declined 5.4 percent from the previous quarter, dipping from 7.8 months to 7.4 months, but is slightly higher compared to the first quarter of 2011. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future. 
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Construction Backlog Falls 3.2 Percent In The Fourth Quarter Of 2011

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:04 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the fourth quarter of 2011. CBI declined 3.2 percent from the previous quarter from 8.1 months to 7.8 months, but is still up 10.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of nonresidential construction work under contract to be completed in the future.  
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Construction Activity Stagnates In The Third Quarter Of 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2:30 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the third quarter of 2011. At 8.1 months, the third quarter CBI remained unchanged from the previous quarter, but was up 16.3 percent from a year ago. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.
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Construction Backlog Up 10 Percent In Second Quarter

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:39 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) increased 10 percent in the second quarter of 2011 to an average of 8.1 months, up from 7.3 months the previous quarter. The CBI is 12 percent higher than one year ago. CBI is a forward-looking indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.
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