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Repeats Story Initially Transmitted at 13:30 GMT Jan 3/08:30 EST Jan 3
--Residential Excluding New Homes +0.7%; New Homes +1.3%
--Total Private Spending Up 1.0%; Public Rises 0.2%
By Holly Stokes and Sara Haire
     WASHINGTON (MNI) - Construction spending was up 0.8% in November, 
slightly above the expected 0.7% gain, mainly due to the 1.0% gain in 
private construction spending, data released by the Commerce Department 
Wednesday morning showed. 
     Public construction spending saw a soft 0.2% gain in November 
following a 3.5% and 2.5% increase in October and September, 
     Analysts had expected construction spending to rise 0.7%, adding to 
a 1.4% rise in October. With the latest data, October construction was 
revised down to a 0.9% increase, but September spending was revised 
sharply up to a 1.3% increase from the 0.3% rise previously reported. 
     Private residential construction spending was up 1.0% in the month, 
but total new home building rose 1.3% based on an MNI calculation. 
Single-family building rose 1.9%, offsetting a 1.3% decline in  
multi-family building. Residential construction excluding new homes, 
which captures remodelling was up 0.7% based on an MNI calculation. This 
followed a 0.3% rise in October. 
     Private nonresidential construction was up 0.9% in November after 
declines in four of the last five months, with September posting the 
only gain. There were increases in all categories except for 
communication, power, and manufacturing 
     The soft 0.2% rise in public construction comes after strong gains 
in the previous three months. Federal spending fell 4.8% after a strong 
11.3% gain in October, while state and local building rose 0.7% in the 
      ** MNI Washington Bureau: 202-371-2121 ** 

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