Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AIA ABI Index for March 2010 (follow-up to my post of April 15th)

On April 15th, I posted an article about the AIA ABI Index, and, within that article, I mentioned a bet I made with a friend.

Well, I won my bet; the AIA ABI Index for March 2010 was 46.1, so still below 50.

For those of you who did not see the AIA Press Release about the March 2010 ABI Index, it appears below:

For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – April 21, 2010 – On the heels of a more than two point gain in February, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was up again in March. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI rating was 46.1, up from a reading of 44.8 the previous month. Though this score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings), it is the highest score since August 2008. The new projects inquiry index was 58.5.

“This is certainly an encouraging sign that we could be moving closer to a recovery phase, even though we continue to hear about mixed conditions across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Firms are still reporting an unusual amount of variation in the level of demand for design services, from improving to poor to virtually non-existent. This increasing volatility is often a sign that overall business conditions may begin to change in the coming months.”

Key March ABI highlights:

Regional averages: Midwest (50.5), Northeast (47.0), West (46.0), South (44.4)
Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (47.3), institutional (46.8), mixed practice (45.0), commercial / industrial (44.7)
Project inquiries index: 58.5

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