Log in
Login
Password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 

4-Traders Homepage  >  News

News

Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesHot NewsMost Read NewsRecomm.Business LeadersCalendar 

U.S. Construction Spending Up 0.9% in December

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
0
02/01/2013 | 04:16pm CEST
=========================================================== 
 Construction Spending      Dec     Nov   ! Consensus:    ! 
 Overall Spending          +0.9%   +0.1%r !        +0.6%  ! 
 Residential               +2.1%   +0.7%r ! Actual:       ! 
                                          !        +0.9%  ! 
=========================================================== 
 
   By Sarah Portlock and Eric Morath 
 

WASHINGTON--Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in December, boosted by homebuilding, and finished out the year in positive territory for the first time since 2006.

Construction spending increased by 0.9% from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $884.98 billion, the highest level since August 2009, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast a 0.6% increase.

Annual construction in 2012 was up 9.2%, the first year-over-year gain since before the financial crisis. Figures for November were revised upward to a 0.1% increase from an initially estimated 0.3% decline.

Private residential construction increased 2.2% to $308.15 billion for December, likely aided by rebuilding efforts in the wake of superstorm Sandy that hit the Northeast in late October. The Commerce Department said in a separate report this week that Sandy destroyed $35.8 billion in private assets and $8.6 billion in government property.

Spending on private home-building was up 16.8% in all of 2012, compared to a 0.8% drop in 2011.

Meanwhile, Friday's report showed private nonresidential construction rose 1.8% to $306.73 billion in December, boosted by power infrastructure, lodging and office projects.

Public construction spending fell 1.4% to $270.10 billion in December on transportation infrastructure, schools and sewers investments. That is the lowest level since 2006.

State and local outlays dropped 1.7%, but federal construction spending increased 1.3%.

Overall government spending in the fourth quarter fell by 15%, the Commerce Department said in a separate report.

The Commerce Department report on construction spending can be found at http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/c30index.html.

 
   Write to Sarah Portlock at sarah.portlock@dowjones.com and Eric Morath at eric.morath@dowjones.com 
 

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
0
React to this article
Latest news
Date Title
07:17a SCAPA : *berenberg raises scapa group price target to 310 (300) pence - 'buy'
07:14a WESTAR ENERGY : 3 baby peregrine falcons on best behavior during tagging Tuesday on top of Westar Energy
07:14a ON MOVE : Galaxy and West End weekend club guide
07:14a BARCLAYS AFRICA : Small business support boost
07:13a AVEVA : *goldman raises aveva group price target to 1350 pence - 'sell'
07:13a DAIRY CREST : *goldman cuts dairy crest group price target to 545 (550) pence - 'sell'
07:13a UBM : *goldman cuts ubm plc price target to 667 (695) pence - 'buy'
07:12a COMPASS : *goldman raises compass group to 'neutral' ('sell') - target 1269 pence
07:11a ECB's Nowotny says sees no major problems from possible Brexit
07:11a MAYER : INSIDE INFORMATION (in PDF)
Latest news
Advertisement
Hot News 
CANAL PLUS : Serge Nedjar is joining CANAL Group as head of its all-news channel iTélé.
Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims On Behalf of Investors of Energy Recovery, Inc. - ERII
AVEVA : *goldman raises aveva group price target to 1350 pence - 'sell'
BEST BUY : shares tumble as CFO exits, execs warn of slow summer
CHINA DISTANCE EDUCATION HLDGS : CDEL Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results
Most Read News
05/24 CSO CZECH STATISTICAL OFFICE : Agriculture - 1st quarter of 2016
05/24 Monsanto rejects Bayer bid, but open to more talks
Most recommended articles
01:11a ECB's Nowotny says sees no major problems from possible Brexit
12:46aDJAsia Shares Rise on Oil Price Gains
12:46aDJHuawei Sues Samsung Alleging Patent Infringement
12:33a Chinese group buys control of sports rights firm MP & Silva
12:31a EXCLUSIVE : Sanofi to unveil challenge to Medivation's board - sources