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Tag: Richard Branch

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Construction starts step back in September 2020

October 15, 2020By

Total construction starts dipped 18 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $667.7 billion, essentially taking back August’s gain.

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Is the 2020 recession technically over?

August 28, 2020By

Richard Branch, chief economist at Dodge Data & Analytics, says yes and explains why this is the case. Branch also offers a look ahead to what the nation’s economic recovery could look like.

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Construction starts lose ground in July 2020

August 17, 2020By

Building starts were on the rise, Dodge Data & Analytics says, but nonbuilding starts moved lower during the month.

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Why the nature of commercial construction is changing

August 6, 2020By

Dodge Data & Analytics’ Richard Branch offers a look ahead in commercial construction while sharing two indicators for the greater construction market that he’ll be keeping an eye on in the weeks to come.

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Branch: Although the recession is ‘over,’ 
the recovery will present obstacles

August 4, 2020By

Dodge Data & Analytics’ Richard Branch explains why ‘optimism’ is kind of a strong word to describe how he feels about the road ahead.

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What’s happening with public works projects?

July 31, 2020By

Although Dodge Data & Analytics initially projected a 4 percent increase in public works construction for 2020, the firm is downgrading its forecast for this sector for the remainder of the year.

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Dodge Data: Construction starts down significantly in first half of 2020

July 23, 2020By

Construction starts in the commercial and multifamily categories were down 22 percent through the first six months of the year, Dodge Data & Analytics reports, and only two of the top 20 metro areas saw construction starts go up.

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According to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee, a recession began in March of this year. Photo: claffra/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Redefining ‘recession’ and the case that it’s already over

July 22, 2020By

A National Bureau of Economic Research committee strayed within recent weeks from the textbook definition of ‘recession,’ arguing that one began in March of this year. Dodge Data & Analytics’ Richard Branch offers some perspective on the committee’s rationale.

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