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Construction Spending Saw a Decline in May

Construction spending fell during the month of May, according to a recent report by Wells Fargo. Construction expenditures dropped by 0.8%, and residential spending is still much weaker compared to public spending.

Residential spending fell 0.6%, and nonresidential spending fell by almost 1%⁠—the first time nonresidential has dipped in about a year. April saw an upward trend in spending, opposite of May, which helped to balance out the overall year-to-date spending. In total, nonresidential spending is up by nearly 6%, but overall spending is still down by 0.3%.

Multifamily home spending kept the index afloat during May, rising 1.9% this past month. Condominium and apartment spending is 8.9% year-to-date, while single-family spending fell by 0.8% in May.

⁠—Christie Citranglo, editorial associate 

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019