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U S new home sales fall in October but still looks

During the first ten months of 2019, U.S. construction spending amounted to $1.087 trillion, which is 1.7% below last year’s rate of $1.105 trillion, the Census Bureau said.

Despite this decline, the organization
reports October’s construction spending was 1.1% above last year’s rate.

Nevertheless, construction during October was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.291 trillion, falling 0.8% from the revised September estimate of $1.302 trillion.

Spending on private
construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $956.3 billion, 1%
below the revised September estimate of $966.1 billion, and 1.8% below a year

Of that, residential construction spending was at a
seasonally adjusted annual rate of $508.2 billion in October, which is 0.9% below
the revised September estimate of $512.6 billion but 0.5% down from a year ago.

Nevertheless, a measure of homebuilder sentiment in October revealed the nation’s low-interest rates and strong job market supported confidence during the month.

According to the National
Association of Home Builders 
and Wells Fargo, the Housing
Market Index, which measures current sales conditions, moved forward 78
points, while buyer traffic increased to 54 points in October.

Additionally, homebuilder
expectations for the next six months jumped to 76. 

“The second half of 2019 has seen steady gains in single-family
 and this is mirrored by the gradual uptick in
builder sentiment over the past few months,” NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz
said. “However, builders continue to remain cautious due to ongoing supply-side
constraints and concerns about a slowing economy.”

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