Residential delinquencies fell to 8.09% in September, a slight decline from the prior month but an almost 13% improvement from the same month a year ago, according to new "First Look" figures compiled by Lender Processing Services (LPS).

The delinquency numbers include all loans that are 30 days or more past due but exclude foreclosures. The company's findings are based on an analysis of 40 million loans – out of a possible universe of 56 million units.

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