Tuesday, August 23, 2011

US new home sales fall again in July

New homes for sale in Davie, Florida New-home sales make up one-fifth of US housing transactions
US new home sales fell for the third month a row in July, figures have shown, indicating continuing weakness in the housing market.
Sales fell 0.7% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000, from a downwardly revised 300,000 in June, the Commerce Department said.
The new figures, which were worse than analysts had expected, represent a five-month low.
High unemployment and a weak house market are undermining the US recovery.
An oversupply of used homes and a large stock of foreclosed housing is also putting a strain on the market.
"Not only is the decline of 0.7% larger than expected, but June revisions, down to 300k, make forecast consensus of a dip to 310k from 312k look misplaced," said Vmombi Nshom of IFR Economics.
New homes represent less than one-fifth of the housing market, but have a large impact on the economy.
According to the National Association of Home Builders each new-build creates an average of three jobs and $90,000 in taxes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14636316
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