The Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) provides data on capital spending for new and used structures and equipment by U.S. nonfarm businesses with and without employees. Data have been collected annually beginning with data for 1994.
Also, every five years, for years ending in "3" and "8", detailed data by types of structures and types of equipment
have been collected from companies with employees. In 2010, it was decided that this detailed data should be collected for years ending in "2" and "7" beginning in 2013, to align with the years in which the Economic Census is conducted. United States Code,
Title 13, authorizes this survey and makes responding mandatory; it also protects the confidentiality of respondents and the data they provide.
The 2012 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey is underway. Recipients may submit their information electronically via Centurion (our secure online reporting system),
by mail or fax.
Latest ACES News
2011 ACES - Released on February 12, 2013 - In 2011, U.S. nonfarm businesses invested $1,225.6
billion in new and used structures and equipment, an increase of 10.8 percent over the 2010 total
of $1,105.7 billion. (See below)
2012 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns,
2001-2010---- Released on June 12, 2012 - Between 2001 and 2010, the period covered by this report,
capital spending by U.S. nonfarm businesses varied cyclically. Spending fell in 2002 to a low of
$997.9 billion and peaked in 2007 to $1,354.7 billion. Spending in 2008 was $1,374.2 billion, not
statistically different from 2007. (See below)
Latest ACES Data
Find results from the 2011 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey, including data at the national level on capitalized expenditures for new and used structures and equipment
by U.S. nonfarm businesses with and without employees. Data
are also published by industry for companies with employees for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 3-digit and selected 4-digit industries.
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