Dodge Momentum Index Slips in August

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dodge Momentum Index retreated 1.4% in August compared to July, 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 been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The August Momentum Index came in at 96.8 (2000=100), down from July's revised 98.1. Despite the month's pullback, the index remains 21.4% ahead of its level a year earlier. The recent softening in the U.S. economy may be causing some deceleration in plans for future development.

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This is particularly true for the commercial component of the index, which dropped 3.5% in August. By contrast, the institutional building segment of the Momentum Index inched up 1.0% over the month. Both components are well ahead of their year-earlier levels. In August, the institutional building segment was buoyed by two large projects entering the planning database: the $500 million MGM Resort Casino proposed for Springfield MA and the $200 million Milford Memorial Hospital proposed for Milford DE. On the commercial side, August saw the addition of Apple Computer's $250 million planned expansion of its Prineville OR office park.

  





The Dodge Momentum Index

(Year 2000=100)






Aug 2012

July 2012

% Change

Nonresidential Building

96.8

98.1

-1.4%

   Commercial Building

90.2

93.5

-3.5%

   Institutional Building

104.9

103.8

1.0%





Source: McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge




 

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SOURCE McGraw-Hill Construction



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