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Tue Sep 3, 2013, 02:53 PM

 

Construction Spending in U.S. Climbed in July to Four-Year High

Source: Bloomberg

By Victoria Stilwell - Sep 3, 2013

Construction spending in the U.S. increased in July to the highest level in four years, propelled by gains in residential real estate.

Outlays climbed 0.6 percent to a $900.8 billion annual rate, the most since June 2009, after being little changed in June, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 51 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.4 percent increase.

Gains in employment, housing and non-residential building in the second half of the year will probably help strengthen the economic expansion. Nonetheless, tight land inventories, rising mortgage rates may temper the pace of the industry’s recovery.

“We’re going to continue to post growth,” Mike Englund, chief economist at Action Economics LLC in Boulder, Colorado, said before the report. “It’s growing a little faster than the broader economy, obviously getting help from residential construction.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-03/construction-spending-in-u-s-climbed-in-july-to-four-year-high.html

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