US housing starts decline unexpectedly in March


US housing starts decline unexpectedly in March

Tue, 18 April 2017
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US housing starts decline unexpectedly in March

(ShareCast News) - Homebuilding activity in the US slowed in March although a key indicator of futures trends held up.
Housing starts shrank at a month-on-month clip of 6.8% to reach an annualised pace of 1.215m, although they remained 9.2% above the year-earlier level, according to the Department of Commerce.

Economists had forecast 1.26m.

Permits to begin construction on private homes on the other hand grew by 3.6% versus February's level, reching 1.26m (consensus: 1.255m).

In seasonally adjusted terms, starts on single familiy homes declined 6.2% to 821,000m, with weakness concentrated in the Midwest and West, which saw falls of 16.2% and 16.0%, respectively.

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