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Nonbuilding Construction

Nonbuilding construction in July dropped 9 percent to $146.9 billion (annual rate). The decline came as the result of diminished activity for most of the public works categories, which fell 13 percent as a group.

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Year-to-Date

The 19 percent advance for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the first seven months of 2015 was due to double-digit gains for residential building and nonbuilding construction, while nonresidential building slipped slightly.

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Nonbuilding Construction

Nonbuilding construction in June plunged 38 percent to $162.5 billion (annual rate). The electric utility and gas plant category fell 80 percent, after surging 229 percent in May with the start of a $9.0 billion LNG export terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as three large power plants valued each in excess of $500 million.

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Nonresidential Building

Nonresidential building, at $190.6 billion (annual rate), retreated 8 percent in June, as weaker activity was reported for the majority of the structure types. The commercial building group fell 13 percent following its 17 percent increase in May. Both stores and warehouses weakened in June, dropping 9 percent and 53 percent respectively, while hotel construction slipped 11 percent from its heightened May amount.

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Construction Starts Hot in First-Half of Year

New construction starts in June dropped 15 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $620.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The decline followed an especially strong May, which benefitted from a $9.0 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Texas being entered as a May start.

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