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In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. ABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 



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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Steady in Q4 2018

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 9:14 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2019—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator contracted to 8.9 months during the fourth quarter of 2018, down 1.1 percent from the third quarter and 7.5 percent compared to a year ago. CBI reached a record high of 9.9 months in the second quarter of 2018 and averaged about 9.1 months throughout all four quarters of last year. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Sinks Below Record Highs in Q3 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018 10:19 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2018—Associated Builders and Contractors reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator contracted to 9.04 months during the third quarter of 2018, down 8.4 percent from the second quarter and 4.3 percent lower than the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Hits a New High in Second Quarter of 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17—Associated Builders and Contractors reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator expanded to a record 9.9 months during the second quarter of 2018. Backlog is up 12.2 percent from the first quarter and 14 percent compared to the same time last year.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Remains Elevated in First Quarter of 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018 11:44 AM
WASHINGTON, June 18—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) contracted to 8.8 months during the first quarter of 2018, down 9 percent from the prior quarter. CBI is down 2 percent on a year-over-year basis. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Hits a New High; 2018 Poised to Be a Very Strong Year for Construction Spending

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON, March 19—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator(CBI) expanded to 9.67 months during the fourth quarter of 2017—its highest level ever and a 2.25 percent increase from the prior quarter. Backlog records were broken in the Northeast region, the commercial/industrial segment and among firms with $30 to $50 million in annual revenues. CBI is up by 1.36 months, or 16.3 percent, on a year-over-year basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Backlog Surges, Sets Record in Third Quarter, ABC Says

Monday, December 11, 2017 9:29 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11—Providing more evidence of a strengthening economy, Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) set a record as it expanded to 9.45 months during the third quarter of 2017, up 9.8 percent from the second quarter to the longest backlog reading in the eight-year history of the series.  CBI is up by 0.8 months, or 9.2 percent, on a year-over-year basis.
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ABC's Construction Backlog Indicator 'Returns to Earth' in Second Quarter

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:52 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reported its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) fell to 8.6 months during the second quarter of 2017, down 4.1 percent from the first quarter of 2017. CBI is up by 0.1 months, or 1.4 percent, on a year-over-year basis.
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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017 1:50 PM
ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in 2017;
All Categories Experience Gains During First Quarter
 
WASHINGTON, June 21-- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose to 9 months during the first quarter of 2017, up 8.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016. CBI is up by 0.4 months, or 4 percent, on a year-over-year basis.
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ABC's Construction Backlog Indicator Fell to End 2016

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14—Construction backlog fell by 4 percent during the last quarter of 2016, according to the latest Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Contractors in each segment surveyed—commercial/institutional, infrastructure and heavy industrial—all saw lower backlog during the fourth quarter, with firms in the heavy industrial segment experiencing the largest drop, down 16.8 percent to an average backlog of 5.5 months. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Backlog Rebounds in Third Quarter

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:37 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 13– Construction backlog expanded during the third quarter, led by strong growth in the commercial/industrial sector, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI), released today. The increase during the third quarter follows two quarters of decline in backlog—the amount of work under contract but yet to be performed—that led to speculation that growth in the country’s nonresidential construction industry was slowing. Read the rest of entry »
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