Construction Spending Rises

Stimulus Lifts Construction Spending in August

Boosted by government projects, construction spending unexpectedly rose 0.4% in August. Though a single monthly gain hardly means the sector%u2019s long contraction is over, the data does hint that the period of large, monthly construction spending declines may be ending.

Mixed News on Construction Spending

Boosted by the government's fiscal stimulus, construction spending unexpectedly rose 0.1% in June, the Commerce Department said. However, June's mild good news was offset by a large, downward revision to a 1% spending decline from a previously-announced 0.2% decline for May.