WASHINGTON — Spending on construction rose 0.2% in September, slightly below expectations, with both a rise in private construction more than offsetting a public construction decline, data released by the Commerce Department Monday morning showed.

Analysts in a Market News International survey had expected construction spending to rise 0.3% in September. Construction spending in August was revised up slightly to a 1.6% increase from the previously reported 1.4% gain, but July spending was revised down sharply to a 3.3% drop from the previously reported 1.4% decline.

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