Construction spending in the U.S. unexpectedly fell in January following the biggest back-to-back gain in a year, reflecting a slump in nonresidential and government projects.
Outlays dropped 2.1 percent, the biggest decrease since July 2011, to a $883.3 billion annual rate, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 45 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.4 percent rise. Figures for December and November were revised up to show gains of 1.1 percent and 1.9 percent respectively, the best performance since the same two months in 2011.
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