Simonson Says Price Increases Continue

Associated General Contractors (AGC) chief economist Ken Simonson – in his latest Data Digest Report – noted that solely due to soaring residential activity, construction spending in March increased 0.2% from a downwardly revised February rate and 5.3% from March 2020 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.51 trillion, the Census Bureau reported. Because unusually mild or harsh weather…

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Construction Spending Ticks Upward

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending during March 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,513.1 billion, 0.2% (±0.8%) above the revised February estimate of $1,509.9 billion. The March figure is 5.3% (±1.0%) above the March 2020 estimate of $1,436.7 billion. 

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Dodge Momentum Index Rises in March

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 1.7% higher in March to 151.4 (2000=100) from the revised February reading of 148.8. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. 

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Construction Spending Down In February; Highways Decline

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that construction spending during February 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,516.9 billion, 0.8% (±0.7%) below the revised January estimate of $1,529.0 billion. The February figure is 5.3% (±1.0%) above the February 2020 estimate of $1,441.1 billion. 

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February Construction Starts Down; Highways Up

Total construction starts fell 2% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $797.3 billion. Nonbuilding construction starts posted a solid gain after rebounding from a weak January, however, residential and nonresidential building starts declined, leading to a pullback in overall activity. The Dodge Index fell 2% in February, to 169 (2000=100) from January’s 171.

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Dodge Momentum Index Posts Strong Gain in February

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 7.1% in February to 149.0 (2000=100) from the revised January reading of 139.1. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The institutional component of the Momentum Index jumped 26.3% during…

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