Reports from private and government experts painted a mixed picture of the U.S. economy on Tuesday.
The Commerce Department says U.S. construction spending rose a more-than-expected 1.1 percent in December.
Total construction spending for last year rose nine percent to a record of nearly $1 trillion.
But a separate report from a business group showed the rate of growth in U.S. manufacturing slowed during January.
The Institute for Supply Management said its survey of factory sector activity dropped nine-tenths of a percent, to a reading of 56.4 for the month.
While the rate of expansion slowed down in January, it is still the 20th month in a row that manufacturing has shown growth.
Some information for this report provided by Bloomberg, AP, AFP and Reuters.