The number of homes under construction in the United States fell by 8.7 percent in February compared to a month earlier, Department of Commerce reports.
The construction amounted to just under 1.2 million homes on an annual basis. In general, economists had expected housing to fall by 1.6 percent. According to a new estimate, housing construction increased by 11.7 percent in January.
The ministry also announced that the number of building permits issued in February fell by 1.6 percent. Economists predicted an average drop of 0.9 percent.
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