U.S. Housing Starts Fall on Retreat in Apartment Building

U.S. new-home construction declined in April as fewer starts of apartment projects outweighed a modest improvement in single-family structures, government figures showed Wednesday.

Highlights of Housing Starts (April)

Residential starts fell 3.7% to a 1.29 mln annualized rate (est. 1.31 mln) after revised 1.34 mln pace in prior month Multifamily home starts slumped 11.3% after a 13.6 percent March increase; single-family rose 0.1% Permits, a proxy for future construction of all types of homes, fell 1.8% to 1.35 mln rate (matching est.)  Report included revisions to housing starts dating back to 2013 and building permits to 2012.

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