Housing Starts Expected to Have Risen 3.9% in September

Bloomberg economist survey estimates permits dropped 2.4% for the month

The Commerce Department may report on Oct. 19 that housing starts rose 3.9 percent in September from a three-month low, according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News before Labor Department data on Oct. 19. Permits, a sign of future construction, probably declined 2.4 percent.

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