Builders broke ground on the fewest homes on record in April as a plunge in work on condominiums and apartment buildings overwhelmed the second straight gain in starts on single-family properties.

Housing starts slid 13%, to an annual rate of 458,000, a lower level than forecast, according to Commerce Department figures released Tuesday. The drop was led by a 46% tumble in multifamily starts, a category that tends to be more volatile.

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