Under the Hood of U.S. Construction Spending Is Revised Data

Here’s one key takeaway from the Commerce Department’s report Monday on U.S. construction spending. The

0.4 percent decrease in November, which itself was weaker than the most pessimistic Bloomberg survey forecast, was accompanied by downward revisions to prior months. The combination suggests some economists may revise down their fourth-quarter GDP tracking forecasts.

* October construction spending rose 0.3 percent, compared with a prior estimate of 1 percent, while September outlays advanced 0.2 percent versus a previous estimate of a 0.6 percent gain

* Commerce revised data back to January 2005 to correct an error in the tabulation of private home-improvement spending

* The decline in November construction spending was the biggest since June 2014 and reflected decreases in outlays for nonresidential and government projects

* Spending on federal government construction projects dropped 7.2 percent, the most since May 2014

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