U.S. housing starts tumble on weak multi-family construction activity

October 19, 2016 12:47 PM

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U.S. housing starts tumble on weak multi-family construction activity

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - - U.S. housing starts tumbled to a 1-1/2-year low in September amid a steep decline in the construction of multifamily homes, but a surge in the construction of single-family units pointed to sustained strength in the housing market.

Groundbreaking dropped 9.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.05 million units, the lowest level since March 2015, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. August's starts were revised up to a 1.15 million-unit pace from the previously reported 1.14 million-unit rate.

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