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Nonresidential spending reaches new high in August

October 2, 2018

National nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.7% in August to its highest level since the U.S. Census Bureau began the data series in 2002, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis released today.

Total nonresidential spending stood at $762.7 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate in August, which represents an increase of 8.4% compared to one year ago. Private nonresidential spending fell 0.2% in August largely due to a 1.3% decline in power-related spending, the largest private construction spending category, and public nonresidential spending increased 2%.

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