Contractor Optimism, Backlog Both Up

Credit: ABC

By Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors has reported its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded modestly to 7.3 months in December, an increase of 0.1 months from November’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from December 18th to January 5th. Backlog is 1.5 months lower than in December 2019.
ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels increased in December. The sales index climbed above the threshold of 50, indicating contractors expect to grow sales over the next six months. The index reading for profit margins remained below that threshold. The staffing level index increased to 56.3 but remains well below its December 2019 reading. (Source)

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