Housing starts in England up 63% in latest quarter

* Annual housing starts figures for England continued to decline. They totalled 87,190 in the 12 months to June 2009, down 41% compared with the 12 months to June 2008 and 53% below their 2005-06 peak;
* Housing completions in England were up by 24% to an estimated 39,320 (seasonally adjusted) in the June quarter 2009 compared to the previous quarter. Compared with the June quarter 2008, completions were up by 7%;
* Private enterprise housing completions (seasonally adjusted) were 27% higher in the June quarter 2009 than the March quarter 2009, and 1% higher than in the June quarter 2008;
* Annual housing completions in England totalled 136,140 in the 12 months to June 2009, down by 16% compared with the 12 months to June 2008.

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