US June construction spending fell 0.4 pct

WASHINGTON - U.S. construction spending fell a steeper-than-expected 0.4 percent in June as private home building touched its lowest rate in nearly seven years, a Commerce Department report showed on Friday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Fri 1 Aug 2008, 9:51 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:47 AM

The drop in spending in June took it to a a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.082 trillion, the lowest since February.

However, spending for May was revised to show an unchanged reading from the prior month, rather than a 0.4 percent decline as originally reported. Analysts polled by Reuters ahead of the report were expecting a 0.3 percent decrease in overall construction spending in June from May's initial reading.

Private home building was off 1.8 percent in June, the 15th consecutive decrease, and one that brought private residential construction to the lowest level since October 2001.

Nonresidential construction and federal building both set new all-time highs in two signs of strength for the sector.

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