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Strength in Residential Construction Spending is Entirely from Improvements

Housing-Market / US Housing Dec 02, 2010 - 02:57 AM GMT

By: Asha_Bangalore

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Residential construction outlays increased 2.5% in October after a 0.6% gain in September. The headline number is impressive and the increase in residential construction outlays should add to GDP growth in the fourth quarter. However, it should be noted that the entire gain of these outlays in October was from home improvements and not from new residential construction (see Chart 3).


The level of residential construction outlays for new homes has failed to make a noticeable movement since the early part of 2009 (see Chart 2). Non-residential construction spending fell 0.7% in October after a 0.2% increase in the prior month and public sector spending on buildings moved up 0.4%.

 

Asha Bangalore — Senior Vice President and Economist

http://www.northerntrust.com
Asha Bangalore is Vice President and Economist at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Prior to joining the bank in 1994, she was Consultant to savings and loan institutions and commercial banks at Financial & Economic Strategies Corporation, Chicago.

Copyright © 2010 Asha Bangalore

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Northern Trust Company. The Northern Trust Company does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of information contained herein, such information is subject to change and is not intended to influence your investment decisions.


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