Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2017

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48 Plant Materials & Accessories DBM LC Marketplace I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 4 0 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 5 0 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 5 8 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 7 9 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 1 3 4 After five consecutive months of increasing construction input prices, May's numbers brought a welcome change by remaining unchanged from last month. Six of the eleven cat - egories were actually a little higher month- over-month but a big difference in the price of crude petroleum, which fell 19.6 percent from April's levels, bal - anced that out. The largest increase was to softwood lumber at 2.2 percent. Anirban Basu, chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors, feels that many commod - ity prices reached their cyclical low points during last year's first quarter and have been moving higher since then. He re - ports that motivating factors, including coordinated efforts by producers to curtail production and support higher prices, are no longer strong enough to cause them to rise more. Construction Input Prices Stop Their Upward Advance

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