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Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI) is a diffusion index that reflects the nation’s construction contractors’ perceptions of the business environment over a six-month period, as well as the prospects for commercial and industrial construction spending growth in the months ahead. Source data are collected from ABC members from across the country through a confidential monthly survey. This national economic indicator provides stakeholders with a forward-looking view of the nation’s nonresidential construction industry.


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Construction Owner Confidence Rises During First Half of ‘14

Washington, D.C. - The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI) increased across all three indices in the first half of 2014. The CCI reflects construction industry prospects using three measured categories – revenues, profit margins and hiring. Each index now stands at a post-recession high implying that nonresidential construction’s recovery, already robust, is positioned to continue into the year ahead. Read the rest of entry »

Level of Confidence Rises Among Contractors

Gains in the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Confidence Index (CCI) indicate that contractor confidence expanded as 2013 wound to a close, particularly with respect to near-term industry profit margins and staffing levels.  The CCI measures construction prospects along three dimensions – revenues, profit margins and hiring.  All three indices remained above the threshold value of 50, which indicates growth, and each is up on a year-over-year basis.
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Despite Headwinds, Contractor Confidence Rises In First Half Of 2013

Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Confidence Index (CCI) shows confidence among nonresidential contractors increased slightly during the first half of 2013, despite sequestration and rising interest rates.  
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Construction Confidence Dips In Second Half Of 2012

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its Construction Confidence Index (CCI) for the second half of 2012. The CCI reflects three aspects of the U.S. nonresidential construction industry: sales prospects, staffing levels and profit margins.
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Construction Confidence Wanes as Nation Approaches Fiscal Cliff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its newest construction economic measure, the Construction Confidence Index (CCI). The CCI reflects three aspects of the U.S. nonresidential construction industry – sales prospects, staffing levels, and profit margins. During the second quarter of 2012, all three indices declined, undoing much of the first quarter’s progress and indicating that nonresidential construction momentum is waning. However, index values remain above 50, indicating ongoing expectations of construction spending growth.
  • Sales expectations fell from 68.3 to 62.3
  • Profit margins fell from 57.9 to 53.5
  • Staffing levels fell from 64.3 to 59.8
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