Housing Starts Slightly Down, Building Permits Up (Marketwatch)


U.S. housing starts fell 5.8% in March to an annual rate of 654,000 from a slightly revised 649,000 in February, the Commerce Department reports. Economists had forecast an increase to an annual rate of 703,000. However, building permits climb 4.5% to 747,000 from a revised 715,000 in February.

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