WASHINGTON — Sales of new single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 313,000 in September, a 5.7% gain above the revised August rate of 296,000, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

The September rate was the first increase after four months of decreases and was above the 300,000 estimated annual rate from economists polled by Thomson Reuters. The August rate was slightly above the 295,000 median rate they projected.

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