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Strong Conditions Revealed in Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed more acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The … Continue reading

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Construction Materials Prices Remain Stable, Rise Only 0.3 Percent in August

Construction materials prices rose only 0.3 percent in August and are up 1.4 percent year over year, according to the September 13 Producer Price Index released by the Department of Labor. In addition, nonresidential construction materials increased 0.5 percent for … Continue reading

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Flat Glass Market Growing at a 9.34 Percent CAGR to 2016, Says Research Report

Analysts at TechNavio forecast the Global Flat Glass market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.34 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the growing demand from … Continue reading

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Positive Trend Continues for Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw a jump of more than a full point last month, indicating acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to … Continue reading

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ABI Remains Positive in June After Earlier Decline

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The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained positive again in June after the first decline in ten months in April.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings … Continue reading

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Building Construction Employment Up 8.5 Percent from January to February

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The number of building construction employees rose 8.5 percent from January to February 2013, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates that 1,251.7 thousand (seasonally adjusted) were employed in building construction-related jobs … Continue reading

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Architecture Billings Index Continues to Improve

The Architectural Billings Index (ABI) is continuing to rise, according to the latest report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The February ABI score was 54.9, up slightly from a mark of 54.2 in January. The ABI reflects the … Continue reading

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Flat Glass Prices Edge Up, According to Latest Producer Price Index Report

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Flat glass prices saw a slight increase—just 0.3 percent—from January to February, according to the latest Producer Price Index Report from the U.S. Labor Department. The index was listed at 116.1 for February, compared with 115.7 for January. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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Dodge Momentum Index Sees February Increase; Highest Level Since April 2010

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 6.3 percent in February, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have … Continue reading

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ABI Gains Positive Ground, First Time in Five Months

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) shows positive growth for the first time since March, according to the latest report from the American Institute of Architects. The ABI inched nearly three points up. August held an ABI score of 50.2, in … Continue reading

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