New York Times (02/02/12)
Construction spending rose 1.5% in December, marking the fifth consecutive monthly gain, reported the U.S. Commerce Department. Builders spent on homes and other projects at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $816.4 billion, the highest level in 20 months. For 2011, outlays on building projects totaled just $787.4 billion, down 2% from 2010 and roughly half the level that economists deem as healthy.
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