Economic Outlook

Quote of the week. "Chance favors only the prepared mind." — Louis Pasteur

A JUMP IN HOUSING STARTS. In a relatively light week of economic data, one of the notable items was a 1.7% rise in new home construction in July. Economists had expected only a 0.2% increase in that category. However, the Commerce Department said most of the gain came in multi-family housing. In contrast, single-family housing starts were down 4.2% for the month, with building permits down 3.1%.1