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Construction Spending

Public Nonresidential Construction Spending Rebounds; Overall Spending Unchanged in February

Monday, April 3, 2017 12:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3—Nonresidential construction spending remained unchanged in February, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The segment totaled $701.9 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate for the month, marking the seventh consecutive month in which nonresidential spending sat above the $700 billion threshold. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Expand for Third Straight Month; Petroleum Prices Soar Year-over-Year

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:18 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14—Construction input prices expanded 0.3 percent on a monthly basis and 4.8 percent on a year-over-year basis in February, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This represents the most rapid yearly growth in construction input prices in more than five years. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Slips to Start 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:06 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1—Nonresidential construction spending contracted during January, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending fell 1.9 percent from December to $698.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.  This represents the first month total nonresidential construction spending dipped below $700 billion since July 2016. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Falters Slightly to End 2016

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:28 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1—Nonresidential construction spending slipped 0.7 percent in the final month of 2016, but increased 4.6 percent over the previous year, according to analysis of  U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending decreased from $713.1 billion in November to $708.2 billion in December on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Thrives in Strong November Spending Report

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 12:58 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 3—Nonresidential construction surged in November, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending expanded to $712.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate in November, representing the highest level of spending in eight years. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Predicts Modest Growth for 2017 Nonresidential Construction Sector; Warns of Vulnerability for Contractors

Monday, December 12, 2016 9:53 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) forecasts a slowdown of growth in the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industries in 2017. While contractors are vulnerable to rising commodity prices and potential interest rate increases in 2017, the middling consumer-led recovery should still lead to modest growth in construction spending and employment. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Gains Momentum

Thursday, December 1, 2016 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 1—Nonresidential construction spending totaled $699.7 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in October, a 0.3 percent decrease from September’s significantly upwardly revised total, but an increase of 2.6 percent year-over-year according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Down in September, but August Data Upwardly Revised

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 0.9 percent from August to September 2016, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending totaled $690.5 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis for the month, 0.7 percent below September 2015’s figure. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expands Again During Solid Third Quarter, ABC Says

Friday, October 28, 2016 12:05 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 28—Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 2.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the third quarter of 2016, according to an analysis of Bureau of Economic Analysis data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This follows a 1.4 percent increase during the second quarter and represents the tenth consecutive quarter of economic expansion. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Begin to Trend Higher

Friday, October 14, 2016 11:06 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 14—Both nonresidential and overall construction input prices increased in September, with natural gas and crude petroleum prices bouncing back, according to analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Producer Price Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The BLS data show that nonresidential input prices expanded 0.3 percent on a monthly basis in September, and overall construction prices also rose 0.3 percent on a monthly basis after declining 0.2 percent in August.   Read the rest of entry »