The Commerce Department reported on Wednesday that housing starts in the U.S. surged by 15 percent in September to a four-year high, the latest evidence that a recovery is underway in the long-moribund housing market. Analysts say a full-fledged recovery could drive the broader economy, lifting home prices, encouraging consumer spending, and catalyzing activity in several important industries, including construction and manufacturing.
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