WASHINGTON, DC-After several months in which the Architecture Billings Index posted downward movement, the indicator made a U-turn in August, the American Institute of Architects reports. The score for August was a 51.4, following a weak 45.1 in July.

“Based on the poor economic conditions over the last several months, this turnaround in demand for design services is a surprise,” said AIA chief economist Kermit Baker in a prepared statement. “Many firms are still struggling, and continue to report that clients are having difficulty getting financing for viable projects, but it’s possible we’ve reached the bottom of the down cycle.” Baker was unable to return a call from GlobeSt.com in time for publication.

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