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Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Leading Index for Commercial Real Estate Increased in October, Down 8% YoY

by Calculated Risk on 11/07/2023 04:59:00 PM

From Dodge Data Analytics: Dodge Momentum Index Inches Up 1% in October

The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI), issued by Dodge Construction Network, increased 1% in October to 181.7 (2000=100) from the revised September reading of 180.3. Over the month, the commercial component of the DMI rose 2.0%, while the institutional component retreated 1.4%.

“Heightened momentum in warehouse planning activity supported the commercial side of the Index this month, while muted education planning activity slowed the institutional portion,” stated Sarah Martin, associate director of forecasting for Dodge Construction Network. “Overall levels of planning activity remain robust and will support construction spending over the next 12 to 18 months.”

Improvements in warehouse planning helped support commercial growth, but despite strong progress in September, education and healthcare activity slowed down this month. Year over year, the DMI was 8% lower than in October 2022. The commercial segment was down 14%, while the institutional segment was up 7%.
The DMI is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.
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Dodge Momentum Index Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the Dodge Momentum Index since 2002. The index was at 181.7 in October, up from 180.3 the previous month.

According to Dodge, this index leads "construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year".  This index suggests some slowdown towards the end of 2023 and in 2024.  

Commercial construction is typically a lagging economic indicator.