Construction sees biggest increase in five months

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Monday, July 02, 2012

U.S. construction spending increased the most in five months, another indication of a slow housing sector recovery.

Construction spending rose 0.9 percent in May from April, the Commerce Department reported Monday. It was the second straight monthly increase and the biggest percentage gain since December.

The May increase pushed spending to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $830 billion. That is 11.3 percent above a 12-year low hit in February 2011. Still, the level of spending is roughly half of what economists consider to be healthy.

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