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Analysts at Nomura note that US housing starts fell 12.3% m-o-m to 1173k saar in June, below expectations (Nomura: 1290k, Consensus: 1320k), from downwardly revised 1337k saar in May.

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“While we expected slowdown in housing starts in June given declines in recent permit data, the decline was sharper than we had anticipated.”

“Housing permits were down 2.2% m-o-m to 1273k, below expectations (Nomura: 1318k, Consensus: 1330k), marking the third consecutive m-o-m fall. Continued declines in multifamily housing permits appear consistent with ongoing softening in the multifamily housing sector and raise downside risk to residential investment. While month-to-month changes in starts and permits can be volatile, we expect continued gradual improvement in housing starts.”

GDP tracking update: Housing starts in June were weaker than we expected and backward revisions were modestly negative. However, after rounding, our Q2 real GDP tracking estimate remains at 4.6% q-o-q saar.”