WASHINGTON — Rebounding from a record low in February, new home sales soared 26.9% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000, the largest monthly increase in 43 years, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

The March sales gain ended a four-month streak of new home sales declines. Sales in February were revised higher to 324,000 from the 308,000 reported last month, but that was still a record low for monthly new home sales.

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