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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Higher in May; Contractor Confidence Continues to Rebound

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:10 AM

WASHINGTON, June 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.9 months in May, an increase of less than 0.1 months from April’s reading. Furthermore, based on an ABC member survey conducted May 20-June 3, results indicate that confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders continued to rebound from the historically low levels observed in the March survey.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Falls in April; Contractor Confidence Rebounds from Historic Lows

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:10 AM

WASHINGTON, May 12—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.8 months in April, the series’ lowest reading since the third quarter of 2012. Based on an ABC member survey conducted April 20-May 4, the results indicate that confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders inched higher last month compared to the historically low levels observed in the March survey.

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Construction Contractor Confidence Plummets in Response to COVID-19, Says ABC

Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, April 23—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders plummeted in response to the economic fallout associated with COVID-19, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. Readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels expectations fell below the threshold of 50 for the first time in the history of the series, signaling expected contraction along all three dimensions. CCI is based on a survey of ABC members, which was conducted March 20-31. 

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Construction Contractor Confidence Robust to Start 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, March 19—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders generally improved in January, consistent with the burgeoning momentum of the U.S. economy during the early weeks of 2020, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. While the reading for sales expectations edged lower for the month, confidence pertaining to sales, profit margins and staffing levels remain well above the threshold of 50, signaling expected growth in those three metrics.

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Construction Contractor Confidence Remains Steady, Says ABC

Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders held steady in December after surging in November, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. The average American contractor enters 2020 with confidence: Sales expectations, profit margins and staffing levels all remained above the growth expectations threshold, indicating a strong start to 2020. 

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Construction Contractor Confidence Surges into 2020, Says ABC

Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23—Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders increased in November 2019 with respect to sales, profit margins and staffing, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. Sales and profit margin expectations reached their highest levels since May 2019, while staffing expectations reached their highest level since April 2019.

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Construction Contractor Confidence Rebounds in October, Says ABC

Thursday, December 19, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19—Leaders of the U.S. construction industry regained a degree of confidence in October 2019 with respect to near-term prospects for sales and profit margins, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Confidence Index released today. However, contractors became slightly less confident regarding their staffing levels during the next six months.

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Construction Contractors Less Confident in September

Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21—Leaders of the U.S. construction industry remained confident through September 2019 regarding near-term prospects for sales, staffing levels and profit margins, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors' Construction Confidence Index released today. However, the level of optimism continues to dim. 

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Construction Contractors Remain Confident in August, Says ABC

Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24—U.S. construction industry leaders remained confident in August 2019, according to the Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. While contractors were less upbeat regarding sales growth over the coming six months, confidence associated with profit margins and staffing increased from July to August.

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Construction Contractors Less Confident in July, Says ABC

Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19—U.S. construction industry leaders’ confidence diminished somewhat in July 2019, yet they remain optimistic regarding nonresidential construction’s near-term prospects, according to the Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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