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Mays’ 3.5% gain in housing starts does not signal a housing recovery immediately ahead

Housing starts increased 3.5% to a 560,000 annual pace in May and the previous two months were revised slightly higher. This is a rare item of good news amidst a flurry of sour economic reports in the last two months. The May total is almost at the 565,000 monthly average over the last year. The housing market remains stalled. The May gain is not a signal that sustained gains are immediately ahead.
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