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Wright Express Corporation (NYSE: WXS), a leading global provider of value-based business payment processing and information management solutions, in collaboration with IHS, the leading global source of information, insight and analytics, today released results of its Wright Express Construction Fuel Consumption Index (FCI), which indicated a decrease of 0.3% in April versus its level the previous year.
The Wright Express Construction FCI measures national fuel consumption statistics for the construction industry, which provides an accurate and up-to-date indication of construction activity in the United States.
“Considering the seasonally-adjusted index grew by 3.9% in the previous month, the results of the April 2012 Fuel Consumption Index may be a partial correction to the unusually strong growth in March,” said Michael Dubyak, chairman and chief executive officer of Wright Express. “Meanwhile, recently released information about U.S. construction activity reflects the positive turn.”
Wright Express worked with IHS to capture and analyze transaction data from its closed loop network of more than 180,000 fuel and vehicle maintenance locations, including over 90 percent of the domestic retail fuel locations and 45,000 vehicle maintenance locations. With this data, the Wright Express Construction FCI can be used to identify emerging trends within the construction industry and the national economy.
The indicators were tested at monthly, quarterly, and annual frequencies, with the greatest insights produced using the year-over-year percent change of the monthly data. For April 2012, the Wright Express Construction FCI reported that fuel consumption by U.S. construction companies decreased by 0.3% versus April 2011 and decreased by 2.8% versus the previous month.
The Wright Express Construction FCI, which is available monthly in advance of the U.S. Census Bureau figures on construction spending, is available at
Last month’s Wright Express Construction FCI showed unusually strong growth in March and accurately captured the evident general improvement reflected in the most recent government industry data. Construction spending excluding improvements – a good measure of activity – grew 0.4% in March. Total construction put-in-place, increased by 0.1% in March. Also in March, private residential construction excluding improvements rose 2.9%, while private nonresidential spending increased by 0.7%.