WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes climbed to the highest level in 14 years in October, according to a report released yesterday that analysts said provides fresh evidence the housing market is showing renewed vigor.

Sales grew 3.6% in October to an annual rate of 4.08 million units, following a revised gain of 3.4% in September that was well above the 2.6% increase originally reported, the National Association of Realtors said. Sales have advanced in six out of the last seven months data from the group show.

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