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Outlays for U.S. construction projects rose 0.1% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $943.1 billion, led by private projects, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Monday. Economists had expected a 0.4% decrease in January. Private-construction spending rose 0.5% in January, with a 1.1% increase for residential projects and a 0.2% decline for nonresidential projects. Meanwhile, public-construction spending fell 0.8% in January.