U.S. architecture billings index rises in August: AIA
09/19/2012| 12:14am US/Eastern
A leading indicator of U.S. construction activity rose last month to its best level in five months, indicating that demand for design services is expanding, an architects' trade group said on Wednesday.
The architecture billings index (ABI) rose 1.5 points to a reading of 50.2 in August, according to the American Institute of Architects. Any reading above 50 indicates an increase in demand for architects' services.
The ABI is considered a predictor of U.S. construction activity nine to 12 months ahead.
A separate measure of inquiries for new projects rose 0.9 points to 57.2, the group said.
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(Reporting By Nick Zieminski in New York' Editing by Andre Grenon)
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