WASHINGTON — Construction spending rose 0.6% in August to the largest since April 2009, powered by increases in residential construction, delayed data released by the Commerce Department Tuesday morning showed.

Private residential construction spending rose 1.2%, led by a 3.2% increase in multifamily construction and a 1.6% rise in the construction of single-family homes. Residential construction excluding new homes, which captures home remodelling, rose 0.2% after a 0.5% increase in July.

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