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WASHINGTON, DC-New single-family housing starts reached 891,000 in August from a revised 883,000 the prior month, while building permits reached a seasonally adjusted 918,000, including 268,000 for multifamily projects, according to Commerce Department data released Wednesday. Both figures represented year-over-year improvements but offered a mixed comparison to July numbers, with starts up 0.9% and permits down 3.8% compared to July. Analysts polled by Bloomberg had projected a median figure of 917,000 for new starts.

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