Construction Economics

August 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;8/1/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 5, p43
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The article presents information on the costs of construction materials in the U.S. Union wage settlements this month pushed the labor component of the Construction Cost Index up by 1.2%, while inflation measured by the Building Cost Index slipped to 4.5%, nearly half of the annual escalation rate a year ago. Falling structural steel and lumber prices more than offset the impact of rising cement prices. Ready-mix concrete began this month with a 0.7% price hike, which pushed prices 7% above a year ago. Portland cement prices are continuing to increase through the summer, with this month's 0.3% increase leaving prices 4.4% above 2004.


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