March construction spending surges, business purchases rise (Washington Post)

March construction spending surges, business purchases rise (Washington Post)

On May 3, 2010, Posted by , In construction spending,contractors, With No Comments

March construction spending rose more than expected and business purchasing hit its highest level since summer 2004, according to data released moments ago.
March construction spending rose 0.2 percent, surprising forecasters who expected a 0.2 percent decline. That in itself would have been good news, because in February, construction spending contracted at a rate of 1.3 percent. A rise in construction spending means increased activity for associated businesses, including the Home Depots of the economy.
Also, the Institute for Supply Management index — which tracks business purchasing in the U.S. and is seen as one gauge of economic activity — rose from 59.6 in February to 60.4 in March, hitting its highest mark in six years. This means businesses are beginning to buy all the goods that manufacturers cranked out in the fourth quarter of 2009, raising the GDP.

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