Construction sector performance

FILE - In this June 13, 2019, file photo stacks of building materials are stacked up near new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. On Friday, Aug. 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
August 23, 2019 - 9:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell a steep 12.8% in July as higher prices and limited inventory sidelined would-be buyers. The Commerce Department said Friday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units. That's down from a sharply revised upward rate of 728...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo a worker carries shingles for a roof of a house under construction in a Brandon, Miss., neighborhood. On Friday, Aug. 16, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in July. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
August 16, 2019 - 7:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing starts fell 4.0% in July, driven by a decline in the construction of apartment buildings. The Commerce Department says that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units. So far this year, housing starts have declined 3.1...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo a construction worker carries bars while helping build a scaffolding on the side of a hotel in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore. On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in June. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 01, 2019 - 9:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in June by the largest amount in seven months, reflecting weakness in home building, nonresidential construction and the largest drop in government projects in 17 years. The Commerce Department said Thursday that spending fell 1.3% in...
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FILE - This June 20, 2019, file photo shows an existing home is offered for sale in Rutledge, Ga. Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
July 29, 2019 - 12:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market. That's the conclusion of a report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The quarterly report forecasts that spending by homeowners for renovations, expansions...
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In this June 19, 2019, photo Larry McGee balances along a roof edge as he carries roof over ridge vent that he and others will be laying down on a new house in a Brandon, Miss., neighborhood. On Wednesday, July 17, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in June. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
July 17, 2019 - 9:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped last month as an uptick in the building of single-family homes was offset by a big drop in apartment construction. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that construction was started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.25 million in June, down...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo a house on the market has a "sold pending" sign fixed on the realtor's sign in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, June 27, the National Association of Realtors releases its May report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
June 27, 2019 - 9:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May compared with the prior month, a sign buyers may be ready take advantage of low interest rates and stabilizing home prices. The National Association of Realtors says that its pending home sales index rose 1.1% to a reading...
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June 03, 2019 - 9:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects was unchanged in April as another decline in home construction was offset by a big gain in government spending on projects like highways and hospitals. The Commerce Department says the flat reading followed a small increase of 0.1% in March,...
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FILE- In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo a newly constructed homes sit near a sign in Natick, Mass. On Thursday, May 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in April. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
May 23, 2019 - 9:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, driven by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000 that are generally bought by middle class and first-time buyers. The Commerce Department said Thursday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 673,000...
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In this Jan. 23, 2019, photo, construction workers build new housing in Salisbury, Mass. On Friday, April 19, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in March. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
April 19, 2019 - 8:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped 0.3% in March, as housing starts are running below last year's pace in a sign that inventory could be a challenge for would-be buyers. The Commerce Department says that housing starts last month were a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million...
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FILE- In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019, file photo specialist Matthew Grenier works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, March 8. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
March 08, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Another wave of selling on Wall Street Friday left the S&P 500 with its worst weekly showing since January and its eighth loss in the last nine days. The sell-off, which lost some strength toward the end of the day, followed a surprisingly weak jobs report and more signs that the global economy...
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