As other sectors posted gains in the first six months of the year, the housing sector of the municipal new-issue market totaled an anemic $5.69 billion, a 14.7% decline from the $6.67 billion of housing deals in the same period last year, according to Securities Data Co./Bond Buyer.

The number of deals marketed also was down, to 267 from 285. Issuance peaked in May, when 70 deals raised $1.57 billion.

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