New residential construction in the U.S. probably cooled in January from a four-year high, signaling the industry's momentum paused at the start of 2013, economists said before a report today.

Builders broke ground on houses at a 920,000 annual rate, down from December's 954,000 pace that was the fastest since June 2008, according to the median estimate of 85 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Housing permits, a proxy for future construction, probably rose.

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