Groundbreaking for new U.S. home construction slumped in June, plunging 9.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 units as building permits dropped 7.5% to an annual rate of 911,000 units, according to Commerce Department data released Wednesday.

The rate for housing starts missed the 960,000 level predicted by Thomson Reuters' poll of economists. Thomson had projected a 1,000,000 rate for permits.

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