Economic EventConstruction Spending
UnitsPercentage Change from Previous Period
Current PeriodJan 2013
Release DateMar. 01. 13
Reported-2.1
Consensus for Current Period0.4
Number of Forecasts30
Economic Surprise-2.5 ( -625.00 % )
Prior PeriodDec 2012
Reported Value for Prior Period1.1
Revised From0.9
Next Release DateApr. 01. 13
Next Release Time10:00 AM Eastern Time
Source http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/pdf/release.pdf
Note 
DescriptionConstruction spending represents the payout by builders on residential and nonresidential structures. The principal significance of the construction spending stats is that they are the basis for components of GDP: investment in residential and non residential structures, and state and local government spending. By measuring actual spending, construction spending differs from housing starts, which simply count the number of houses on which construction has begun.
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