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Housing starts continued their slow recovery in the first quarter of this year, according to government figures issued on Tuesday. Starts reached 48,000, compared with 47,100 in the first quarter of 1993.Private house builders' starts rose from 34,000 to 37,500 over the year, while starts by housing associations fell from 12,500 to 10,200, reflecting cuts in public spending on social housing.The figures put the house building industry on course for its best year since the previous boom ...

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