U.S. housing starts fell in April but permits surged
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in April, one month after topping the 1 million mark for the first time since 2008. But most of the decline was in apartment construction, which tends to vary sharply from month to month.
And applications for new construction reached a five-year peak, evidence that the housing revival will be sustained.
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