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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Construction Spending Falls 2.5% – Residential, Public Sector See large Declines

New construction spending fell sharply in December, dropping 2.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis. This was the second monthly decline following a brief period of growth. The month’s decline was broad based amongst types of construction. Residential spending lead the fall, declining 4.1% over the month. Non-residential spending fell 0.5% and public sector spending fell 2.8%. It is possible that the large declines were in part due to inclement weather in the Northeast over the month; however, this was not likely the main factor.

On a year-ago basis, total construction spending was 6.4% lower. Private residential spending was down 6.8%, and private non-residential spending was down 12.3%. Public sector spending was down 0.3% from a year earlier.




















































m/m % changeDecNovOctSepAugJul
Total-2.5-0.21.11.2-0.9-2.6
    Private Residential-4.10.74.01.2-6.2-4.1
    Private Non Res.-0.50.70.72.00.4-4.0
    Public-2.8-1.7-0.70.62.1-0.2

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