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U.S. construction spending rises less than expected in February

Staff Writer | April 3, 2018
A report released by the Commerce Department on Monday showed a much smaller than expected increase in U.S. construction spending in the month of February.
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The Commerce Department said construction spending inched up by 0.1% to an annual rate of $1.273 trillion in February after coming in nearly unchanged at $1.272 trillion in January. Economists had expected spending to climb by 0.6%.

The uptick in construction spending was primarily due to an increase in spending on private construction, which rose by 0.7% to a rate of $982.0 billion in February from $974.8 billion in January.

Spending on residential construction edged up by 0.1% to a rate of $533.4 billion, while spending on non-residential construction jumped by 1.5% to a rate of $448.6 billion.

On the other hand, the report said spending on public construction plunged by 2.1% to a rate of $291.1 billion in February from $297.4 billion in January.

The Commerce Department said spending on educational construction fell by 0.5% to a rate of $74.6 billion and spending on highway construction dipped by 0.2% to a rate of $88.5 billion.

During the first two months of the year, construction spending amounted to $176.3 billion, 4.4% above the $168.9 billion in the same period in 2017.


 

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