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US housing starts down slightly in October

Posted on 18 November 2011

U.S. builders started slightly fewer homes in October but submitted plans for a wave of apartments, a mixed sign for the struggling housing market. Builders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 628,000 homes last month, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That’s down 0.3 percent from September and roughly half the 1.2 million that economists say must be built to sustain a healthy housing market.

But building permits, a gauge of future construction, rose nearly 11 percent. The increase was spurred by a 30 percent increase in apartment permits, which reached its highest level in three years……………………………………..Full Article: Source


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