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Nonresidential Construction Spending Slips 2.9 Percent in March

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:56 PM
The nation’s nonresidential construction spending declined 2.9 percent in March, according to the May 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-over-year basis, total nonresidential construction spending is down 1.2 percent, indicating that recovery continues to elude this segment of the economy. Total nonresidential construction spending stands at $555.08 billion on an annualized basis.  
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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 0.7 Percent in February

Monday, April 1, 2013 12:44 PM
As a sign of an improving economy, the nation’s nonresidential construction spending rose 0.7 percent in February, according to the April 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Commerce Department. Total nonresidential construction spending presently stands at $575.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, and is up 2.6 percent from one year ago.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls 3.3 Percent in January

Friday, March 1, 2013 1:00 PM
As further evidence that the nation’s construction industry continues to struggle, nonresidential construction spending fell 3.3 percent in January, with outlays decreasing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $572.1 billion, according to the March 1 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up only 0.8 percent (unadjusted for inflation).
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 0.3 Percent in December

Friday, February 1, 2013 11:50 AM
The nation’s nonresidential construction spending increased 0.3 percent in December, with outlays increasing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $570.4 billion, according to the Feb. 1 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 1.2 percent.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Slips 0.6 Percent in November

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:16 PM
Despite a pent-up demand for construction activity, the nation’s nonresidential construction spending slipped 0.6 percent in November, with outlays decreasing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $564.1 billion, according to the Jan. 2 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Year-over-year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 2.9 percent.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Rises 0.5 Percent in October

Monday, December 3, 2012 12:19 PM
The nation’s nonresidential construction industry experienced a modest gain in October as spending increased 0.5 percent to $571.3 billion, according to the Dec. 3 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Total nonresidential construction spending–which includes both private and public projects–is up 5.1 percent compared to one year ago.  
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down 0.4 Percent in September

Thursday, November 1, 2012 1:44 PM
Despite a flurry of activity in residential construction spending, nonresidential construction spending decreased 0.4 percent in September, with outlays falling to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $559.4 billion, according to the Nov. 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Commerce Department. Year-over-year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 2.6 percent, slightly higher than inflation.
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Construction Spending Declines Second Month in Row; Down 0.6 Percent in August

Monday, October 1, 2012 9:40 PM
Construction spending has fallen for the second consecutive month, dipping 0.6 percent in August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, spending is up 6.5 percent from one year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Spending Slips 0.9 Percent in July

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 2:24 PM
Further signaling a lackluster national economy, construction spending – which includes both nonresidential and residential building – decreased 0.9 percent in July, but is up 9.3 percent year over year, according to the Sept. 4 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Unchanged in June

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:51 PM
“Nonresidential construction spending in June was roughly in accordance with expectations,” said Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The volume of spending was virtually unchanged for the month, reflecting an economy that is growing slowly, but with an insufficient level of confidence to produce significant numbers of new construction starts. Read the rest of entry »