U.S. Grand Total Construction Starts Growth Projection Revised Slightly Downward

ConstructConnect’s Quarterly Forecast combines its proprietary data with macroeconomic factors and Oxford Economics econometric expertise.

ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, announced today the release of its Q3 2017 Forecast Quarterly Report. The U.S. grand total construction starts growth projection for 2017 over 2016 in ConstructConnect’s Q3 report has been revised down slightly to +4.5% from +4.8%. 2018 remains about the same at +5.9% year over year (y/y). Earlier, it had been estimated at +6.0%.

“The outlook for U.S. construction starts, as calculated by ConstructConnect, has diminished slightly in the short term,” according to Chief Economist Alex Carrick. “Prospects for some private sector project initiations (e.g., in retail) have stalled, while high hopes for an early launch of a much-needed super-infrastructure program, to be sponsored, promoted and perhaps largely financed by the new administration in Washington, have been deflated.”

The forecast which combines ConstructConnect’s proprietary data with macroeconomic factors and Oxford Economics econometric expertise, shows the type-of-structure sub-categories among non-residential building starts that will have banner years in 2017:

  • Hotels/motels (+38.2%)
  • Warehouses (+16.3%)
  • Sports stadiums (+47.3%)
  • Courthouses (+110.0%)

The 2017 forecast for non-residential building starts was adjusted to -0.8% y/y, versus a flat (0.0%) performance that was expected in Q2’s forecast report. According to the forecast, non-residential building starts in 2018 will rebound to +3.3%, with private office buildings and industrial/manufacturing doing better with less downward drag being exerted by…

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