New Home Sales Drop 12.4% in July

Sales pace falls way short of 330K expected
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2010 9:22 AM CDT

Sales of new US homes dropped sharply last month to the slowest pace on record, the latest sign that the economic recovery is fading. The Commerce Department says new home sales fell 12.4% in July from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 276,600. That was the slowest pace on records dating back to 1963.

Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a pace of 330,000. June's sales figures were revised downward to an annual pace of 315,000. May's figures were revised upward and are now the second-slowest pace on record. The median sales price in July was $204,000. That was down 4.8% from a year earlier and down 6% from June. (Read more new home sales stories.)

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