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Australia Aug building approvals rise 6.4 pct

SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Australian approvals to build new homes in August, seasonally adjusted, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday.

Seasonally adjusted Aug Jul m/m pct Private sector houses 7,314 7,350 -0.5 Total houses 7,427 7,554 -1.7 Total private dwellings 11,910 11,085 +7.4 Total dwelling units 12,046 11,325 +6.4

Annual change in total approvals to build new homes: -15.4 percent.

Forecasts centred on a rise of 4.7 percent on the month for total approvals, a Reuters poll showed.

For details, see the Australian Bureau of Statistics Web site at

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(Reporting by Ian Chua; Editing by John Mair)

((ian.chua@thomsonreuters.com)(+61 2 9373 1871)(RM: ian.chua.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: ECONOMY AUSTRALIA/BUILDING