WASHINGTON — Construction spending exceeded economist expectations in June as record federal investment contributed to a 0.1% gain from May, the Commerce Department reported Monday. May’s spending was revised sharply to a 1.0% drop from the 0.2% dip originally reported.

Economists expected June construction spending to fall 0.5%, according to the median estimate from Thomson Reuters. Private construction fell 0.6% and private residential construction fell 0.8% in June.

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