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Friday, September 28, 2007

The construction industry's split personality

We just got data on August construction activity and the industry's split personality continued to manifest itself. Specifically, residential construction spending dropped yet again -- by 1.4% from July and 16% from August 2006. Meanwhile, non-residential spending rose 1.6% on the month and 14.7% on the year. Looking deeper into the numbers, there were big increases in private spending on lodging (+4.2%) property, office buildings (+3.7%), and health care facilities (+2.1%).

This Bloomberg story has some more details, with my thoughts on the matter. Also, if you haven't seen it already, this Chicago Tribune piece goes into more detail about the new home sales data and what the housing slowdown may mean for the broader economy.


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