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Construction Confidence dips in second half of 2012.

Press Release Summary:

January 28, 2013 - ABC released its Construction Confidence Index, which reflects 3 aspects of U.S. nonresidential construction industry: sales prospects, staffing levels, and profit margins. During second half of 2012, sales expectations fell from 66.3 to 62.3, while profit margins dropped from 56.3 to 55.9 and staffing levels declined from 62.2 to 59.6. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, ongoing lack of confidence continues to produce small and halting gains in nonresidential construction spending.

Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. - East Syracuse, NY

Original Press Release

Construction Confidence Dips in Second Half of 2012

Press release date: January 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its Construction Confidence Index (CCI) for the second half of 2012. The CCI reflects three aspects of the U.S. nonresidential construction industry: sales prospects, staffing levels and profit margins.

“Last year, the biggest issue was the fiscal cliff,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “This year, worries likely will stem from a combination of unresolved fiscal cliff issues and another potentially intense debt ceiling debate.

“A strong construction market requires capital, confidence and conditions consistent with demand for construction,” Basu said. “While capital and conditions have been improving steadily in conjunction with the broader economy, confidence continues to lag.

“The ongoing lack of confidence, including among those who would otherwise purchase construction services, continues to produce small and halting gains in nonresidential construction spending,” said Basu. “Though index values for sales, profit margins and staffing levels remained above 50 during the second half of 2012—indicating industry growth—confidence was lower overall.”

• Sales expectations fell from 66.3 to 62.3
• Profit margins dropped from 56.3 to 55.9
• Staffing levels declined from 62.2 to 59.6

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 72 chapters representing 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms. Visit us at www.abc.org .

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