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Dodge Momentum Index Slides Again in October

November 7, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The Dodge Momentum Index slipped another 0.6% over the month in October, according to McGraw-Hill Construction a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP). The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The October Momentum Index retreated to 93.3 (2000=100), the third consecutive monthly decline following the most recent peak of 96.0 in July. After bottoming out in mid-2011, the Momentum Index had shown a hesitant upward trend through July of this year, with monthly gains outweighing setbacks. The recent loss of momentum for the index over the past three months can be attributed in part to the high degree of uncertainty affecting the U.S. economy and construction industry, reflecting the U.S. presidential election and the looming fiscal cliff. In addition, plans for institutional building projects were particularly strong in recent months, but that strength dissipated in October given the continued tight budget conditions faced by states and localities.

The drop in the October Momentum Index was due entirely to a 1.3% decline in its institutional segment. In particular, the volume of publicly-financed construction projects eased as fewer large-scale healthcare projects entered the planning phase. The decline in institutional building plans was partially offset by stability for commercial building plans, following lower activity in this segment during the prior two months. The commercial building segment in October was helped by an increase in new plans for office projects, including an Apple data center in Prineville, OR and a new headquarters for Samsung in San Jose, CA. Store projects entering planning also ticked modestly upward in October, supported by new plans for an outlet mall in Georgia.

                         The Dodge Momentum Index
                              (Year 2000=100)
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                        Oct 2012              Sept 2012       % Change
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    Dodge
     Momentum
     Index                        93.3                   93.9          -0.6%
        Commercial
        Building                  83.7                   83.6           0.1%
        Institutional
        Building                 105.2                  106.6          -1.3%

    Source: McGraw-Hill
     Construction Dodge
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Kathy Malangone, Senior Director, Marketing Communications,
McGraw-Hill Construction, +1 212-904-4376, kathy_malangone@mcgraw-hill.com

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