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*Slower than Dubai to focus on retail, hospitality projects. DUBAI/ DOHA, July 3- Qatar's real estate developers are struggling even as the country embarks on huge infrastructure building plans- a warning to investors that despite the billions which the Gulf state is throwing around, they won't necessarily profit.
*Consortium ends talks with Toshiba. Fennovoima said on Wednesday it had ended negotiations with Japan's Toshiba on supplying a 1,600 megawatt reactor for the facility in northern Finland.
*New orders sub-index at 55- month low- HSBC services PMI. BEIJING, July 3- China's services sector expanded modestly in June with the vast construction industry acting as a drag on output, in a further sign that the world's second-largest economy is losing momentum.
WASHINGTON, July 1- U.S. construction spending rose to its highest level in nearly four years in May as a sharp rebound in public outlays offset a decline in investment in private nonresidential projects, pointing to moderate economic growth.
Mark Reynolds, CEO of the Mace Group, talks about the global construction outlook and says China, India and "surprisingly" the U.S. will be big drivers due to growing demographics and urbanization.
World construction activity will accelerate by $6.3 trillion, or 70 percent, by 2025, with the explosion in growth boosted by a new generation of "Asian Tigers".
John Wraith, fixed income strategist at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, discusses the U.K. economy and the lack of recovery momentum despite positive GDP expectations.
*Homebuilders rally after Lennar results, data. NEW YORK, June 25- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday after strong housing and durable-goods figures brought a measure of calm to investors worried about the Federal Reserve's plans to reduce its massive monetary stimulus.
WASHINGTON, June 25- Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose to their highest level in nearly five years in May, confirming the housing market's strengthening tone. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday sales increased 2.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000 units- the highest level since July 2008.
June 25- Lennar Corp reported a 27 percent rise in orders in the critical spring selling season as its large land bank helped it take advantage of a recovering U.S. housing market. Lennar booked orders for 4,481 homes in the year-ago spring quarter.
*2nd- qtr revenue $1.43 bln vs est $1.33 bln. June 25- Lennar Corp, the No. 3 U.S. homebuilder, reported a stronger-than-expected 53 percent rise in second-quarter revenue as it sold more homes at higher prices, suggesting the U.S. housing market recovery remains on track.
Many states are recovering form record budget deficits. One key piece of the recovery is revenue from taxes
WASHINGTON, June 19- Where have all the carpenters gone? "Right now I have framing material sitting on the job site with the foundation on the ground," said Stephen Paul, executive vice president at Mid-Atlantic Builders in Rockville, Maryland. "
WASHINGTON, June 18- U.S. housing starts rose less than expected in May, likely reflecting labor and material constraints, but the overall trend remained consistent with strength in the housing market. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday housing starts rose 6.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000 units.
China has been going through a construction boom, but many of the properties are too expensive for most Chinese to buy, reports CNBC's Eunice Yoon.
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is looking at the world's largest cities, as possible locations to build a mile-high skyscraper that would be the world's tallest building by far.
DUBAI, June 18- Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he is looking at the world's largest cities, including Shanghai, Moscow, London and New York, as possible locations to build a mile-high skyscraper that would be the world's tallest building by far.
NEW YORK, June 17- A majority of U.S. homebuilders view conditions for new construction as favorable for the first time since the housing crisis began seven years ago, in one of the strongest signs yet that the U.S. housing recovery is on track.
*Bonds yields briefly rise on Empire State data, homebuilder sentiment. NEW YORK, June 17- Long-dated U.S. You're going to continue to see extreme volatility around these Fed meetings just because of what the chairman has stated, "said Dan Mulholland, managing director in Treasuries trading at BNY Mellon in New York.
NEW YORK, June 17- Sentiment among U.S. homebuilders surged in June, rising above a key milestone for the first time since the start of the housing crisis seven years ago in a vote of confidence for the sector's recovery.