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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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Construction Contractors Lose Confidence in June, Says ABC

Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22—U.S. construction industry leaders are somewhat less confident about near-term prospects for nonresidential construction but remain reasonably upbeat, according to the June 2019 Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Remain Confident as Summer Begins, Says ABC

Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:23 AM
WASHINGTON, July 18—U.S. construction industry leaders remained upbeat regarding nonresidential construction’s near-term prospects in May 2019, according to the Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Confidence Remains Elevated in April, Says ABC

Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:42 AM
WASHINGTON, June 20—Despite ongoing concerns about skilled worker shortages and volatile materials prices, construction executives remain bullish about the prospects for the nonresidential construction sector, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ April 2019 Construction Confidence Index released today. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Confidence Remains High in March

Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 23—Construction industry leaders remained upbeat with respect to nonresidential construction prospects in March 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.

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Construction Contractors Confidence Strong in February, Says ABC

Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:55 AM
WASHINGTON, April 18—Construction industry leaders remained confident regarding nonresidential construction prospects in February 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released by Associated Builders and Contractors today. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Regain Confidence in January 2019, Says ABC

Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:37 AM
WASHINGTON, March 19—Construction industry leaders remained confident regarding the nonresidential construction sector’s prospects during the January 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors., March 19—Construction industry leaders remained confident regarding the nonresidential construction sector’s prospects during the January 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Lose Confidence in Q4 But Remained Upbeat Heading Into 2019, Says ABC

Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21—Construction industry leaders remained predominantly confident about the nonresidential construction sector’s prospects during the final quarter of 2018, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Contractors Lose Confidence in Q3 but Remain Upbeat, According to ABC’s Latest Construction Confidence Index

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:59 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19—While construction industry leaders remained confident in the third quarter of 2018, optimism slipped relative to the second quarter, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Approximately three in four construction firms expect that sales will continue to rise over the next six months and closer to one in ten expect sales to decline over the next two quarters.  Read the rest of entry »
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