U.S. construction spending rose to a near 11-year high in February amid robust gains in home building investment.
The Commerce Department said on Monday that construction spending increased 0.8 percent to $1.19 trillion. That was the highest level since April 2006 and followed an upwardly revised 0.4 percent drop in January.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast construction spending rebounding 1.1 percent in February after a previously reported 1.0 percent decline the prior month. Construction spending increased 3.0 percent from a year ago.
In February, private construction spending rose 0.8 percent to its highest level since May 2006 after being unchanged in January. Spending on residential construction surged 1.8 percent to its highest level since July 2007. Investment in homebuilding has now increased for five straight months.
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