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Materials Prices

Construction Input Prices Continue to Rise, Says ABC

Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:17 AM
WASHINGTON, May 9—Construction input prices increased 0.9% in April on a monthly basis and 2.4% compared to the same time last year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Nonresidential input prices rose 0.9% compared to March and are up 2.8% on an annual basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Increase for the Second Straight Month, Says ABC

Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON, April 11—Construction input prices rose 1.7% in March on a monthly basis, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. On a year-over-year basis, construction input prices are up 2.5%, and following a stretch of four consecutive months of input price decreases, March was the second straight month prices have risen in the aggregate. Inputs to nonresidential construction also increased 1.7% on a monthly basis and are up 3.2% compared to one year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Price Declines Carry into 2019, Says ABC

Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:38 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14—Construction input prices fell
0.7 percent on a monthly basis in January yet are up 1.6 percent year-over-year
according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics data released today. Construction input prices have declined
for three consecutive months and in four of the previous six months. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Continue to Fall in December, Says ABC

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:30 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15—Construction input prices declined 1.7 percent in December on a month-over-month basis yet are 3.5 percent higher than the same time last year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. In December, nonresidential construction prices fell 1.6 percent but are up 4.1 percent compared to one year ago. Read the rest of entry »

Price of Construction Materials Declines in November; ABC Predicts Moderate Increases in Early 2019

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:41 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11—Construction materials prices fell 1.8 percent in November, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Despite the monthly decline, materials prices are still 5.3 percent higher than they were on a year-over-year basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Materials Prices Continue to Rise in October

Friday, November 9, 2018 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9—Construction prices rose 0.5 percent in October and are 7.9 percent high than at the same time a year ago, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data conducted by Associated Builders and Contractors. Prices for nonresidential construction inputs also increased 0.5 percent on a month-over-month basis and are up by more than 8 percent on a year-over-year basis.   Read the rest of entry »

Construction Material Prices Rebound in September, Says ABC

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:11 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10—Prices for inputs to construction rose 0.3 percent in September and are 7.4 percent higher than a year ago, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Overall prices for nonresidential construction inputs rose 0.4 percent, reversing last month’s downward trend. Among individual subcategories, softwood lumber prices are down 0.4 percent, yet are up 5.4 percent on a year-over-year basis. Crude petroleum and natural gas prices are both up on a monthly basis, 8.7 and 1.1 percent, respectively.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Material Prices Fall in August, says ABC

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:41 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12—Prices for inputs to construction fell 0.5 percent in August but are 8.1 percent higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.4 percent in August but are up 8.3 percent year-over-year. Softwood lumber prices plummeted 9.6 percent in August yet are up 5 percent on a yearly basis (down from a 19.5 percent increase year-over-year in July). Read the rest of entry »

Construction Material Prices Inch Down in July, Says ABC

Thursday, August 9, 2018 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9—Prices for inputs to construction fell 0.2 percent in July but are 9.5 percent higher than a year ago, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.3 percent in July but are up 9.6 percent year over year. Softwood lumber prices are up 19.5 percent from July 2017, while iron and steel prices are up 13.4 percent. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Material Prices Increase Steadily in June, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:25 AM
WASHINGTON, July 11—According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today, construction material prices rose another 0.8 percent in June and are 9.6 percent higher than they were at the same time one year ago. Read the rest of entry »
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