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Economic Report: Construction spending stumbles in March

The numbers: Construction expenditures were 1.7% lower in March compared with February, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. But a hefty increase to earlier spending estimates in prior months signals that outlays remain on a strong footing.

What happened: Spending ticked down to a seasonally adjusted annual $1.285 trillion rate in March from a $1.306 trillion pace in February. March expenditures were 3.6% higher than a year ago.

The Econoday forecast was for a 0.5% increase in March.

The big picture: In March, outlays for public sector construction projects were little changed, but private-sector spending fell 2.1%.

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