Annual Capital Expenditures Survey

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Historical Data

Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES) (1994-2013)

Provides data at the national level on capital spending for new and used structures and equipment by all U.S. nonfarm businesses with and without employees. Major exclusions are foreign-owned operations of domestic companies, establishments located in U.S. territories, government operations (including the U.S. Postal Service), establishments engaged in agricultural production, and private households.

Data are also published by industry only for companies with employees. Total capital expenditures, with no industry detail, are shown for the businesses without employees. Supplemental data by types of structures and types of equipment. are available for companies with employees beginning in 1998 and every five years thereafter, for years ending in "3" and "8". 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.

Capital Spending Report (2007-2013)

Provides historical data on capital spending beginning with the 1999 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES), the first year in which data were collected under the NAICS.

Investment Plans Survey (1995-1996)

(Discontinued in 1996; Formerly the Plant and Equipment Survey)

Provided early estimates of business spending for structures and equipment, and early estimates and mid-year revisions of plans for such investment. Covered all U.S. non-farm (NAICS 11) businesses with at least 5 paid employees. Major exclusions were foreign-owned operations of U.S. businesses, businesses in U.S. territories, government operations (including the U.S. Postal Service), agricultural production companies, and private households

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Annual Capital Expenditures | (301) 763-3324 |  Last Revised: July 08, 2015