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8 amid improving signs on the other side of the Atlantic, although analysts warned against being ‘over excited’ about today’s rally. US data on housing starts showed home construction increased by a better-than-expected 6. 9 per cent between May and June to an annual rate of 760,000 – the highest level in nearly four years. This helped offset yesterday’s disappointment over US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s failure to signal more stimulus measures for the world’s biggest economy. The pound was down against the US dollar at 1. 56 after Bank of England minutes hinted at a possible interest rate cut and additional quantitative easing in the months ahead.