WASHINGTON — Sales of new single-family houses were up 1.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000 in November, the highest since April when the annual rate was 316,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

The October rate was above the 313,000 median annual rate projected by economists polled by Thomson Reuters, above the revised October rate of 310,000 and 9.8% above the November 2010 rate of 287,000.

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